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Alien Invader

August 9th, 2014

In the top ten of the Environmental Agency`s ,bad boy, Alien Invaders ,is the Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) due to its rapid spread along water courses where it out competes the native fauna, and outperforms other plants in attracting the bees to it for pollination. It was introduced into Britain in 1839 as an ornamental plant due to its pretty white and pink flowers.

It is an extremely fast grower, easily reaching 8 to 10 ft. in a summer. The other name for it is policeman’s helmet, due to the shape of the seed capsule which if squeezed ,explode, flinging the seeds up to 10ft away.

Because  Avery’s Garden Centre is situated alongside a river, we have to every year pull out and strim  this plant or it would take over at the  detriment of other native plants.

Many years ago I had a nurseryman friend who use to go around to the flower shows and sell Himalayan balsam (before it was black listed)who sold it as Giant Busy Lizzie, which effectually is what it is .The clue being in the name Impatiens.

I wonder if there's nectar  any in here

I wonder if there’s nectar any in here

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