Policeman's Helmet

Impatiens glandulifera

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Policeman's Helmet - An herbaceous annual that is smooth and hairless. It can range from 3 - 10 feet tall.

Leaves: Usually 3 leaves per node and are usually alternate, opposite, or whorled. Leaf shape is oblong to ovate to elliptic. About 6 inches long and sharply toothed margins.

Flowers: Flowers bloom from July to September. Irregular flowers that are shaped similar to a British policeman's helmet. Color ranges from white to many shades of pink. Flowers have 5 petals (2 fused), 3 sepals (2 fused), and 5 stamens.

Habitat: Partially shade tolerant. Found in lowland, riparian habitats such as moist forests, stream sides, and roadside thickets.

Weed Classification: B Designate

Why is it a Noxious Weed?

It is found to be very invasive in moist, riparian habitats and is a prolific seeder. It was introduced and sold as an ornamental but has since escaped cultivation and spread.

This plant is generally easy to pull, but if you have any questions about identification or controlling this weed, please feel free to contact us.

Control Recommendations:

WA State Noxious Weed Board

King County Noxious Weed Board - Best Management Practices