How to Recognize the Himalayan Balsam

Himalayan Balsam lake  shoreThis plant is easy to recognize because of its distinctive pink flowers. The flower is shaped like a hood where the bees crawl inside for the nectar. The leaves grow in groups of three from the stem. The stem is hollow and is usually red but sometimes a light green. When the seed pods form, they look like “skinny peanuts”. The mature seeds small black granules.