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9. Policeman's Helmet

policeman's helmetPoliceman's Helmet (Impatiens glandulifera)

  • Smooth stemmed and hairless
  • Plants can grow to 10 feet
  • Upright, hollow stems are easily broken and have a purple tinge
  • Leaf shape varies from oblong to egg-shaped, with serrated edges
  • Flowers are solitary, irregular, and range from white to all shades of pink
  • Flower shape resembles an English policeman’s helmet

Top photo by Barbara Takarska-Guzik, University of Silesia (

policeman's helmet

Bottom photo by Jan Samanek, State Phytosanitary Administration (