Title

An article on a virtually indestructible plant called Japanese knotweed, which M

Authors

Nancy Comiskey

Source

Down East

Date

6-1-2004

Pages

72-73, 90-92

Abstract

An article on a virtually indestructible plant called Japanese knotweed, which Mainers call bamboo. It tops the invasive species lists in Maine and other eastern states and grows at the rate of two to four inches a day. An entire colony can spring from a single rhizome, and it is almost impossible to kill. Locals in Castine say a small business owner poured a concrete foundation over a patch of knotweed. Several years later it came up through a crack in the floor. Besides vexing property owners, it threatens the environment, particularly streams and riverbanks.

Subjects

Invasive plants, Japanese knotweed

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