Japanese Knotweed

Daily Imaage - 10 July 2011 - Japanese Knotweed

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.


About gerrycurry

Gerry Curry was educated at Toronto’s Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology, where he received a diploma in Fine Arts - Photography. Gerry is a certified Apple Computer Systems Engineer by profession and as an independent consultant has worked with the graphic arts and pre-press industry, both in south-western Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada, for over 26 years. He has been at the forefront of digital imaging from its inception. Gerry teaches primary computer systems maintenance, advanced colour calibration and colour management courses for graphic design, digital fine art and photography students as well as professionals. For several years, in the 80's he was an annual guest lecturer on user-based computer maintenance at the Rochester Institute of Technology - College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Gerry now lives on the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, close to Yarmouth, where he shares 30 acres close to the sea with his wife Nancy and their English and Welsh Springer Spaniels. Gerry enjoys tinkering with computers, working his dogs, flyfishing, writing and of course, photography.
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