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: name this plant
: spuds October 04, 2015, 08:27:51 AM
so what's this plant called, its grow along side the river Teign near where I live and in all the hedge rows around fields near river
it's been in flower for months
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: wonky October 04, 2015, 09:30:03 AM
Himalayan Balsam spuds. As you have observed a very invasive weed! A pity really because it's quite pretty. We have it along the canal bank near us.
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: Big Gee October 04, 2015, 11:55:22 AM
I've never heard of Himalayan Balsam Potatoes!!!!  ROL :-))

On a more serious note, you're quite right Wonky - it is a pretty plant - as many invasive weeds are, like Japanese Knotweed, in fact many were brought over as specimens for places like Kew gardens and then escaped. Rhododendron is another classic example - they've had eradication programmes in north Wales because it's virtually smothering some of the slopes there with forestries of pretty plants that have turned from 'darlings' to 'villains'.

I notice that a couple of HB plants have started appearing alongside the river that goes past our allotment site here as well. Once it gets a foothold it's away.
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: spuds October 04, 2015, 07:07:41 PM
thank you oh wise ones  YRTB
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: Big Gee October 04, 2015, 07:24:15 PM
Careful now Spuds - compliments like that could have a bad effect on us!

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: dimogga October 07, 2015, 06:36:07 PM
It's really good for bees to have nectar and pollen frm especially after the poor year.
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: Poppa Tommo October 08, 2015, 09:08:32 AM
And into the late season, Di, on the days they can fly they really love it. Trouble is that our beloved honeybees will fly right past some of our native species to get to the balsam nectar, thereby reducing biodiversity. What a dichotomy. I suppose keeping a controlled stand of it sort of meets the best of both worlds.
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: dimogga October 13, 2015, 08:36:51 AM
They go the plants that give the most reward - the most nectar, the highest levels of sugars. They prefer apple blossom on the sunny side of the tree too.