Posted: 30/04/2014 at 14:59
Can I just put a plea in for Himalayan Balsam?
This is a superb honey bee plant .... a great late summer nectar source.
I live on a river and the bees actively seek it out .... I can tell when they've been to the balsam as they all come back to the hive covered in white pollen like little white ghosts!
Makes great honey too ... so all in all a smashing plant in my opinion!
To quote ighton NO!.
There are loads of plants that are native and provide nectar and pollen, unfortunately the native ones which support a great deal more than bees are being driven out of existence by it. The bees survived in Britain for thousands of years without Himalayan Balsam but I'm not sure if you'll be able to say the same thing for all the wildlife that depends on out native flora. It's thinking only of our own needs that got us into this mess. My opinion doesn't matter one jot, only facts and common sense, thankfully.