Also known as
Gnomes Hatstand, Indian Balsam, Jumping Jack, Policeman's Helmet, Ornamental Jewelweed, Purple Jewelweed, Glandular Touch-Me-Not
Impatiens glandulifera Royle (7677070626) by Udo Schmidt (CC BY-SA 2.0)
6 months to reach maturity
This plant has a strong fragrance
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Himalayan Balsam Overview
Impatiens glandulifera is known commonly as Himalayan balsam. It is an annual weed that is incredibly fast growing, it produces an abundance of seeds that it can fling up to 7 meters, making this very invasive. Its quick growth rate and high seed dispersal mean it easily colonises river banks, which in turn increases soil erosion and flooding.
How to harvest Himalayan Balsam
Not usually harvested.
How to propagate Himalayan Balsam
Produces an abundance of seed that germinates easily on moist soil.
Special features of Himalayan Balsam
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Himalayan Balsam
Under shrubs and waste areas.