Invasive Plant

Bohemian knotweed

Reynoutria x bohemica
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All knotweeds species in BC can grow through concrete and asphalt, damaging infrastructure. This can result in significant control, management, and repair costs.

About This Species

Bohemian knotweed is a hybrid between Japanese (Reynoutria japonica) and Giant knotweed (Reynoutria sachalinensis) and resembles both species. Knotweeds were introduced to British Columbia for use in gardens and landscaping due to their rapid growth and attractive appearance. There are now four species established in BC: Bohemian (Reynoutria x bohemica), Giant (Reynoutria sachalinensis), Himalayan (Persicaria wallichii), and Japanese knotweed (Reynoutria japonica) 

Knotweeds grow aggressively and are very hard to kill. They are widespread throughout the province, and are often found in riparian areas, derelict land, road and railway right of ways and gardens. They thrive in moist soil and full or partial sun. Knotweeds can spread by seed, root fragments, and stem fragments, making them very difficult to control. Knotweeds are designated as Provincial Noxious Weeds by the BC Weed Control Act and Regional Containment/Control by the BC Provincial Priority Invasive Species List. 

How to Identify

Knotweed species can resemble bamboo canes, growing tall, straight and densely (at a rapid pace). They are generally 1-5 m in height and may persist through the winter as bare grey- or straw-coloured hollow stalks. Stems are green, sometimes with red speckles, and hollow. 

In spring, knotweed has plumes of small white to green flowers growing in plume-like clusters from the stem. 

Bohemian knotweed leaves are a blend of both parents- they are slightly longer than wide (about mid-way between parents for size) and are typically slightly heart-shaped at the base.  

Credit: J Hallworth


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