Japanese Knotweed, Fallopia japonica, also known as Mexican Bamboo, is a robust perennial, bamboo-like herb that is native to eastern Asia. It was brought to North America in the late nineteenth century, most likely for ornamental plantings. It has since spread into the wild over a large range that extends from Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, south to North Carolina. This highly invasive plant can grow to three metres tall with roots that are two metres deep and reach 20 metres from the main plant. The plant is extremely difficult to contain and destroys the natural biodiversity of any area it colonizes.
Bane of the gardner that it is, it can still present a pleasing sight at times. The feathery flowers and rain-dappled, broad leaves have a structural beauty all their own… as long as you can put the distraction the plant causes out of your mind.
Sony A-900 – Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro – ISO 200 – f9.5 – 1/10.