Invasives on my walk home

Japanese knotweed or Fallopia japonica. Invasive plant

Japanese knotweed or Fallopia japonica, invasive plantFallopia japonica, that’s the scientific name for Japanese knotweed.  It has got to be the most vigorous, invasive plant that I have ever seen in an urban setting. Everyday that I walk to work, I pass some.  It doesn’t matter which route – there it is pushing up through the pavement.  And at this time of year, the dry stalks pushing up through the asphalt are clear and stark; no, lush, green growth covers this slow motion drama.

japanese knotweed or Fallopia japonica , invasive plant in Nova Scotia. April, 2014

Japanese knotweed or Fallopia japonica - invasive plant

New growth – coming from the crown.

This plant grows all over Nova Scotia and there is a wealth of information online. From images to scientific papers like this one submitted for a MSc at Dalhousie University.

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One thought on “Invasives on my walk home

  1. It’s awful stuff isn’t it. I find it pretty easy to yank out individual plants at this time of year …. but I gather it also has a long underground root system…

    I assume that WE silly humans brought it here as a pretty garden plant ? and it “escaped” ?

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