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Indian Balsam

An imported invasive species causing much concern that is found along rivers and in wet places


Common Name Indian Balsam
Alternative Name(s) Policeman\'s Helmet
Scientific Name Impatiens glandulifera
Species Group Garden Escapes
Interest Level
Look for
Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Balsam family - Balsaminaceae
Status Locally abundant
Flower Colour Group Pink
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
Preferred Environment
Look for Masses of tall plants with large pink 'helmet' flowers
Additional Identification Notes
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