Around Here Week 43


One aspect of artistic endeavor is finding interest in the mundane, even in society’s outcasts. A case in point is Japanese knotweed, pictured above on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. It is considered among the world’s most invasive species. It’s certainly the bane of my local parks departments.

According to, Knotweed, in the Buckwheat family, is not liked in western nations because it grows around three feet a month, sends roots down some 10 feet, grows through concrete, damaging roads, dams, buildings and just about anything made by man.

And yet, I like the screen of its stems that allows me to see the river and the opposite bank. Its dark green leaves provide a refreshing contrast to the lighter, grayer green of the distant trees. Maybe it would work as a horizontal composition with lots of criss crossed narrow pieces as part of one row.

According to the website noted above, you can cook and eat its leaves. Perhaps a knotweed puree over ice cream or knotweed bread. Recipes are provided. I can tell you where to harvest lots of it.


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4 responses to “Around Here Week 43

  1. That is a lovely photo and I like your description of the scene. Once again you have introduced me to a plant I’m not familiar with and didn’t even realize is here in California too. I have since learned that it has been found in a few places up north, near waterways; where they’re trying to eradicate it. And recipes… who’d a thought, LOL.

    • Well you do live in SoCAL, which is a different world than Ohio. I find the website with recipes a bit strange, but, who knows, come the Armageddon we may view knotweed as an important food source. The ironic thing is knotweed has a lovely flower spray. I can just imagine a neophyte gardener deciding to dig up a bit to plant in his/her garden.

  2. Beth-now Near Louisville KY!

    Glad you told which plants were the invasive ‘knotweed’…. I would have guessed the foreground… and not the midline plants. Lots of invasive plant species in this country, and not many of them are ‘GOOD’ for us. Never mind the bugs and animal life that are also causing problems. Maybe the ‘Soylent Green’ alternative????

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