Identifying Himalayan Balsam

Himalayan balsam saplings begin to appear in March and as adult plants can reach a height of 3m. The plants have pinky-red hollow jointed stems and shiny green lance shaped leaves. The flowers range from purplish-pink to almost white in colour and are slipper shaped, appearing on long stalks between June and October.

The flowers are followed by seedpods that explode dispersing the seeds between late July and October.

You can take a look at our Himalayan Balsam infographic that shows the anatomy of the plant to help you identify it.

Alternatively, please see the Himalayan Balsam Gallery for more images to help you identify the plant.

If you still aren't sure, you can download the free iNaturalist app (apple and android) which enables you to take a photo of the plant and it will be identified. You are then able to share the location.

#PullSnapStomp

Find out more about how you can help clear this invasive plant when you're out and about.

Close up of Himalayan Balsam by Erica Martin

Spotted this plant?

#PullSnapStomp

Find out more about how you can help clear this invasive plant when you're out and about.

Work Parties

Do you know an area that you believe would benefit from a Himalayan balsam pulling session? Then contact the Campaign Officer:

Alison Smedley
alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk
01538 385 388

Reporting Invasives

You should record the presence of invasive species on a national database. You can record online at the Non-native Species Secretariat website. You should also alert the appropriate land owner, council and or management body to the presence and location of this plant.

Ongoing Campaigns

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