Today I bring you what is considered by some people to be the most invasive plant in the world. It's the beautiful and deadly (to other plants) Japanese knotweed, Fallopia japonica.
I call it the "Kudzu of the North," because it has the capacity to choke out and kill all other plants, the way the kudzu vine has done so in parts of the South. You've probably seen great banks of these shrubs growing beside the road or along streams. Some places are finally making a serious effort to control it.
Of course, it's really pretty with dainty white blossoms.
The flowers must be sweet. There were hundreds of bees and flies sipping from the flowers. I don't know what kind of fly this is.
Supposedly the very young shoots are edible, but I haven't caught any at the right stage to try them.
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