Monthly Archives: September 2014

Invasive Plant Alert: Japanese Knotweed.


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If you are not familiar with this invasive plant I suggest you get acquainted. Japanese Knotweed, Fallopia japonica, also known as Polygonum cuspidatum, is not an unattractive plant, don’t you think?  But do not be fooled, this plant is one of the biggest threats to our native habitat, crowding out everything in its path and extremely difficult to eradicate. It is known to break through brick walls, concrete foundations and highways.  The plant itself, on the surface, is only five or six feet tall but its root system can be ten feet deep under ground and ten times as long.

I just read an article about how in the UK  banks will not approve mortgages if there is reason to suspect there is Japanese Knotweed in the property! Could this be our future? That, my friends, is another very good reason to get after this plant if you see it any where near your property!

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“Certain plants, like certain friends, you enjoy having for a visit but do not care to see remain forever and a day.”

Henry Sherman Adams