A garden full of flowering plants is beautiful. But not all plants are a good choice. One plant is even on the black list in Germany. Here you can read which plant you shouldn’t have in your garden.

Farmer’s orchid, Indian balsam, red balsam or Himalayan balsams: The glandular balsam, which is primarily known in science as “Impatiens glandulifera Royle”, has many names.

The plant impresses with its pink flowers and sweet scent and can be found primarily on roadsides and clearings in this country.

But no matter how beautiful the flower is, the plant is problematic in its native nature. Because the glandular balsam is considered a neophyte, a plant. It was introduced by humans and threatens native plants over time.

The plant originally comes from the western Himalayas and was brought to Europe as an ornamental plant in the early 19th century. It can reach heights of over two meters and prefers to grow on banks or floodplains.

The flower reproduces mainly through seeds, but it can also re-root torn and loose parts of the plant.

Because the germ bed is difficult for other plants to penetrate due to the dry stems of the previous year’s shoots, the spread of the glandular balsam has a negative impact on diversity, according to an information sheet from the University of Innsbruck. The livelihoods of many insects are threatened by the plant.

The plant has therefore become a major problem in the local environment. That’s why both Germany and Switzerland are on the so-called black list, a list of plants whose spread must be prevented.

Tip: Always check carefully beforehand which plants you are bringing into the garden.

The original for this article “You should never plant a plant in your garden” comes from chip.de.