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Impatiens glandulifera "Red Wine"


By Meanie

Impatiens glandulifera "Red Wine" (Impatiens glandulifera (Himalayan Balsam))

Seed grown strain of the dreaded Himalayan Balsam!

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Weeds, weeds, weeds! LOL! I know these can become very aggressive and take over just like Lantana, and Plumbago auriculata (capensis).

3 Jul, 2013


Oh, I just pulled hundereds of them on the hill yesterday. But the blooms are very attractive...almost like little orchid and each single one will spray zillions of seeds in the air. I got one little plant from a girlfriend and now have an 1/2 acre filled with them. If one can pull them out (very easy) before they set seeds.. they can be enjoyed.

3 Jul, 2013


You're correct Delonix (as Klahanie will testify). I'm very good about dead-heading though.

Klahanie - not such a huge issue here. I dead head, and the beds are constantly hoed as they were full of weeds when I moved in last year. I grew I.balfourii last year and a few germinated - I have three plants that I allowed to grow this year.

3 Jul, 2013


If you can do that Meanie then it is a nice plant to have. That is why I planted it originally, it is unique. I did not know its "habit" and it went out of control.
Yours must be cultivated. Mine is definitely not Red Wine.
It is very pink.

3 Jul, 2013


I was aware of the "dangers" of it Klahanie thankfully.
It darkens up considerably over a couple of days - I'll post a photo later.

3 Jul, 2013


It is a very beautiful plant...and luckily, they can be pulled out very easily.

When I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, I used to have hundreds and go through and easily pull many out to keep them under control. Sometimes they would live through winter.

3 Jul, 2013


"It is a very beautiful plant...and luckily, they can be pulled out very easily."

I agree, although growing it near a water course would be irresponsible over here.

3 Jul, 2013


Yes, I agree. Because they do love water!

3 Jul, 2013


They do! Also a great way to spread the seed even farther and wider!

3 Jul, 2013


One go thing, though...they die back in winter, there.

3 Jul, 2013


The seed remain viable though! It is a problem in some areas over here.............

3 Jul, 2013


The seed must be hardy since it's native to the Himalayas.

5 Jul, 2013

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