Irish wildflowers

Photographs: County Cork

Himalayan Balsam / Indian Balsam
Impatiens glandulifera
Lus na pléisce
Family: Balsaminaceae

Flowering July-October. Annual. Garden escape. Introduced.

Flowers are purple-pink or pinkish-white with short spurs. Seeds freely.
Oval-lanceolate pointed, toothed leaves, opposite or in whorls of 3.
Fleshy, hairless reddish-green stems, sappy. Height to 1.5 metres.

Shady riversides, damp wasteland and road edges. Naturalised, very invasive introduction. Increasing.



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