My Mystery Plant, AKA Himalayan Balsam

My Mystery Plant, AKA Himalayan Balsam

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The mystery has been solved!  This plant has been cropping up in my garden for several years now, I assumed a reseeding annual.  It grows very quickly, reaching eight feet in one season here in my Kanata, Ontario garden.  My sister has a purple version growing in her yard in Corpus Christi, Texas.    It makes a great privacy screen and has pretty flowers, but apparently it is an “invasive alien”, spreads easily by seed and can take over gardens and yards. I just pulled some seedlings from my lawn to transplant into my garden in strategic bare spots.  I might have to rethink that idea!

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