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Japanese Knotweed an Unwelcome Invader

Do you know how to get rid of Japanese knotweed?

Japan­ese knotweed was first intro­duced to North Amer­ica in the late 19th cen­tury for orna­men­tal use, which actu­ally is under­stand­able.  Its hol­low red tinged stems have dis­tinct raised joints (nodes) that remind me a lit­tle of bam­boo although it is not at all related. In fact, other com­mon names for the plant are Amer­i­can bam­boo and […]

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Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe is a Parasitic Plant of Trees and Fungus

On a recent hike along Pamilia Creek, I came across this clump of Indian Pipe grow­ing under a dense stand of large Dou­glas fir.  It caught my eye, because even though it’s a herba­ceous plant, it looks more like a fun­gus. In fact, I always assumed Indian Pipe, like many fungi, lived off of the […]

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Noxious Weeds are Obnoxious

Any­one who owns or man­ages land in the north San­tiam Water­shed already knows how totally obnox­ious some plants can be.  I mean, they just don’t get it, do they?  You keep pulling, or dig­ging or spray­ing and like a bad penny they just keep turn­ing up.  Some­times it seems almost hope­less. Nox­ious weeds are obnoxious, […]

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