I have often been asked if this plant is Japanese knotweed. It does look similar, but is actually a lillic plant. Good news for this home owner!
I am often asked, can you tell if there is Japanese knotweed in the back garden? This one such example. The garden is very overgrown with brambles. If there was a mature Japanese knotweed plant then I would expect it to be growing through the brambles and taking over the garden; however if there is a small young shoot here, it would be very difficult to identify as it would be under the bramble canopy. So having a look in your neighbour’s garden (if thats possible!) to see if there is any Japanese knotweed is often a good indication for yours – that is if you’ve not been out in the garden this summer and its a bit over grown like this one!
If you’re concerned a fast growing plant in your garden may be Japanese knotweed, here’s what to look out for:
Bamboo like stems, which are green with purple speckles
Zig-zag stems with flat leaves, heart shaped at the very tip
Roots that snap like a carrot, with an orange circle to them
April brings the start of new growth for many plants, including Japanese knotweed. Here’s what the first shoots look like to help you identify the start of any Japanese knotweed in your garden.