Himalayan Balsam, Indian Balsam, Policeman's Helmet, Ornamental Jewelweed 'Wine Red'

Impatiens glandulifera

Family: Balsaminaceae
Genus: Impatiens (im-PAY-shuns) (Info)
Species: glandulifera (glan-doo-LEE-fer-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Wine Red



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter


Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Alameda, California

Albany, California

Calistoga, California

Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

Redwood City, California

San Jose, California

Santa Clara, California

Averill Park, New York

Salem, Oregon

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 17, 2006, romandoguinn from Albany, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I love it, love it, love it. I have a slightly different climate than Washington State, though. In the San Francisco Bay Area, this is perennial. I got mine at Annie's Annuals a few months ago and it has bloomed nearly nonstop, and is three times as big as it was when I got it, even though I am a container gardener solely. Mine is in a (large) glazed ceramic container along with campanula punctata and penstemon heterophyllus. Mouth watering color, I tell you. I keep on top of the deadheading, and have had no self seeding whatsoever.


On Jun 28, 2004, KCnoxiousweeds from Seattle, WA wrote:

This Plant is a listed noxious weed and is illegal to sell or to grow in Washington State. In King County, western WA there are over 100 known sites were it has invaded streams and wetlands and out competes native vegetation. It also lures pollinators away from smaller less showy native flowers, resulting in a smaller seed set of native plants.