Japanese Knotweed

JapaneseKnotWeedJapanese Knotweed is a non-native plant invasive in the Adirondacks and has recently been found growing on various properties around Paradox Lake.  It is by the Community Center on Letsonville Rd.  APIPP started treating it last year and will continue this year.  If you see this plant growing, take a picture, and report the locations to Jan McCann with APIPP (Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program) 518-494-5908.

 Japanese Knotweed is a fast growing, herbaceous perennial with jointed, hollow stems and alternate leathery leaves that are broadly ovate.  White flowers bloom in August, and dormant reddish stems are visible in winter.  It’s early spring emergence and dense growth enables it to take over large areas with roots that can extend through soils 60 feet or more, Knotweed is very difficult to control and it is recommended that a licensed applicator assist in removing it.  Digging and pulling does not solve the problem.

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