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Giant knotweed (Polygonum sachalinense) - Mead Lake Knotweed

Status
Verified
Date First Found
7/6/2023


Giant knotweed (Polygonum sachalinense)

About Giant Knotweed

Giant knotweed is a herbaceous perennial that can reach 9’ tall with erect, hollow stems that resemble bamboo. The stems are smooth and arching with swollen nodes and twigs that zigzag from node to node. Giant knotweed invades riparian areas where it prevents streamside tree regeneration. It is often found in floodplain forests, disturbed areas, roadsides, and vacant lots. Plants form dense stands that crowd and shade out native vegetation.