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2010-10-19 11:20:26
No worries, Poppy. Yes, sad but true. I think I know of one project here that has tried to clean up the plants and I think for now, it has been successful...
2010-10-19 11:10:56
Thanks for the links, Mary. Pretty plants but, as you say, they can be a danger to indigenous plants...
2010-10-19 11:04:02
It's a real shame that plants can invade the countryside like that. We have alot of these kinds of 'weeds' here as well, like Acacia Baileyana (Cootamundra Wattle) and Oxalis Pes Caprae (Soursob). Both very pretty, but invading here like crazy. I think that people should be made aware of their 'weed' capabilities and the plant nurseries should really place warnings on plant labels if they feel they really need to sell plants that can invade areas like some are able to, given the chance... :(
2010-10-19 10:28:41
Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera). The plant has really aggressive seed dispersal and as it has been introduced to Europe and the USA, it has become an invasive weed. Even in Finland, I have seen it invade larger and larger areas in woodlands, meadows, and roadsides. Pretty it may be, but fast becoming a real pest that destroys the habitats of native plants and flowers.