The river banks along the Cerne near Charlton Down are almost impenetrable with thick mid-summer vegetation, dominated by the pink flowers of Great Willow Herb and the invasive Himalayan Balsam, as the adjacent fields have been stripped bare and ploughed after the barley harvest.
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Interested to see the Great Willow Herb looking so healthy. All the ones I see have some sort of bug that attacks the flower buds.
Thanks, Angela. Thanks for the reminder that this is Great Willowherb not Hairy Willowherb which does not exist as a common name – as I always have in mind that it is called Epilobium hirsutum.
Last year I came across a patch of Himalayan Balsam with a notice beside it asking people to leave be because it was part of an experiment to see how invasive it is.
I am surprised that there was any question at all about how fast it spreads. I thought it had already colonised everywhere that it could.
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