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Japanese Knotweed, is a strong growing, hardy, clump-forming herbaceous perennial native to the volcanic landscape of Japan. It has stout, deeply-penetrating rhizomes and considered notorious due to its rapid, suppressive growth, and being extremely difficult to eradicate. The invasive root system grows so aggressively that it can damage concrete foundations, buildings, flood defences, roads, paving, retaining walls and architectural sites. It can even turn up in your home by growing through the floor!
|Fallopia japonica - Japanese knotweed|
It is one of many pioneer plant species found across the globe which are the first species to colonize previously disrupted or damaged ecosystems. As they establish, this enables a chain of ecological succession to occur which ultimately leads to a more biodiverse and stable environment.
|Damaged caused by Japanese Knotweed|
In the United Kingdom, such is the concern of finding Japanese Knotweed in your garden, that banks and other mortgage companies will apply very restrictive lending policies should it occur. In fact there are reports that several lenders have not only refused mortgage applications on the basis of the plant being discovered in the garden but even the neighbours garden! If you think that is bad then in Australia, it is illegal to have this species growing on one's property. Food for thought, which surprisingly Japanese Knotweed is a it is foraged as a wild edible vegetable in its native homeland.
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