|Cross wort (centre) next to Balsam seedling (bottom right)|
|Balsam plants left on the side of the path to dry out.|
|Differences between balsam and similar native plants.|
|Himalayan Balsam||Native Species|
|Leaves - smooth
Colour - light, sometimes has a reddish tinge, especially around the veins
Stems - pale, smooth, and very sappy
|Leaves - often rough, even if only slightly; or hairy
Colour - often darker and I've not seen a red tinged one yet
Stems - often darker, rougher
To sum up, the alien invaders are red-tinged smoothies while the Uckfield natives tend to be a bit on the rough side. What can I say?
There are a couple more work days to go (Saturday mornings, meeting by the Waitrose carpark gate at 9.00am). See the council website for more information.