Orange Balsam

This is Impatiens capensis, also called spotted touch-me-not, or orange balsam, and it exists on the Wilden Marsh island. This plant was transported  to England, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Finland, and potentially other areas of northern and central Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, and is native to North America. Orange balsam is a traditional remedy for skin rashes.

Orange balsam is a naturalised invasive species which has no conservation value within the British flora. The plant is designated as having little or no economic or ecological impact by the Environment Agency and UK Water Framework Directive.

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