Invasive Bamboo Plant Taking Over Duluth

By KBJR News 1

July 19, 2013 Updated Jul 19, 2013 at 9:05 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The City of Duluth is being invaded by foreign foliage.

Japanese Knotweed also called bamboo has planted itself all over the city.

The plant looks like bamboo because of it's cane like limbs.

It was brought here back in the 1800s to help with erosion control, but it is now posing a problem.

The plant out competes native vegetation and alters the ecosystem.

City officials say the plant spread because of the floods of June 2012.

"The problem with bamboo, is that when it gets into the flood plains, the riparian zones along the creeks, bits and pieces of it can break off float down stream and then where the creek has been scoured from the flood, the rhizomes can take a hold and start a brand new patch," said Judy Gibbs, the trees and parks coordinator for the City of Duluth.

Gibbs will host a removal and education workshop on Tuesday, July 23 at 5:30 p.m. The group will meet at the corner of Chester Park Drive and East 9th St.