This You Should Know: The plant that swallows homes

Jan 26, 2019

Japanese knotweed
Credit Cheryl Bartz

When picking plants for your garden next spring, be careful about what you choose. A species called Japanese knotweed has been known to eat people’s houses. Well, not literally. But Emily Cook with the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network says knotweed roots grow through roads, sidewalks – and yes – even homes.

 

 


Emily Cook is outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network.
Credit Joe Frederick

'This You Should Know’ is a series from Red Pine Radio – a group of community members who are learning to make their own radio stories. This community workshop is sponsored by Interlochen Public Radio.

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