Looks can be deceiving. Himalayan Balsam is another plant that is beautiful to look at but causes a major invasive weed problem especially on river banks and waste land, spreading quickly and smothering other plants.
What does Himalayan Balsam look like?
Like the Giant Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam is a tall growing plant, reaching 2 – 3 m in height.
The helmet shaped flowers are an attractive purplish pink (or occasionally white) cluster. When the flowers die off they leave seedpods. The seed pods explode when ripe. Each plant can produce 800 seeds that are dispersed widely covering a 7 m radius, which is why the Himalayan Balsam spreads so rapidly.
Management of Himalayan Balsam
If you suspect that Himalayan Balsam or any invasive weed is growing on your site or in your garden, please contact us. We can confirm what the plant is and advice on the correct action to be taken.