PlantsImpatiens→Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 120 - 180 cm
Plant Spread: 60 cm
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 6 weeks if you sow indoors
Depth to plant seed: 0.3 cm
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Bees


Honey Bees in the Garden:  JulyHoney Bees in the Garden: July
By Mindy03 on July 6, 2011

Independence Day and the beginning of the hottest days of summer, the Dog Days, are the major events in July. Gardeners and honey bees are trying to keep cool and harvesting food.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 9, 2012 4:45 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.

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Posted by Ziggy (N.B. Canada - Zone 3b) on Aug 15, 2012 8:11 AM

Very pretty flower that attracts hummingbirds.

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Posted by CarolineScott (Calgary - Zone 4a) on Aug 15, 2012 8:51 AM

Himalayan Balsam is on Alberta's list of noxious weeds.

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