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Japanese knotweed… Did we spell that right?

Japanese knotweed… Did we spell that right?

Close up of Japanese knotweed white flowers

Japanese knotweed isn’t just a nightmare to eradicate but also to spell! We thought we’d therefore share with you an etymology of the name and some of the most common spelling mistakes and typos during google searches that we have seen so far!

First, what is Japanese knotweed?

Japanese knotweed’s scientific name is Reynoutria japonica syn. Fallopia japonica & Polygonum cuspidatum and is a non-native, invasive plant that was imported to the UK in the 1800s, from Japan. Originally merited for its beauty, durability, and regenerative powers, it is now widely recognised as a pest species that dominates native plants and causes damage in the built environment.

Why is it called Japanese knotweed?

Japanese: obviously refers to where the plant originates from (despite Taiwan and northern China also being considered home countries).

Knotweed: is composed of knot (Old English cnotta “intertwining of ropes, cords, etc.,” and weed “plant not valued for use or beauty,” Old English weoduueod “grass, herb, weed of unknown origin, and also applied to trees that grow abundantly. 

Some of the most common mistakes on Google search when looking for Japanese knotweed:

  • Japan knotweed
  • Japaneese knotweed
  • Japanes knotweed
  • Japanese knot
  • Japanese knot weed
  • Japanese knot wood
  • Japanese knott weed

Luckily for you, however you decide to spell it, you will always find Environet to help find a tailored solution to ensure your invasive plant is removed for good!

To find out more about Japanese knotweed and how we can help, talk to the professionals at Environet today. You could soon be free of this scourge of a weed that carries many risks.

Call us on 01932 868 700 or email [email protected] now.

Robert Spaceman

“We had a large stand of bamboo removed, thinned, contained and replaced. The customer service has been first class. Joe and Jason were fabulous and kept me well informed at all times”.