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Say ‘no’ to knotweed

September 8, 2009

Japanese knotweed is listed as one of the world's 100 worst invasive species and is becoming rampant in Adirondack hamlets and villages. Roots creep up to lengths of 65 feet; broad-shaped leaves form a canopy that towers 10 feet above the ground; and dense stands of hollow, reddish-green stems create impenetrable thickets. Cascades of white flowers distinguish knotweed in late summer, the primary trait that made it popular as an ornamental planting in gardens when it was first introduced from Asia in the late 1800s. By the 1930s, however, horticulture magazines began posting information on how to get rid of the plant.



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