Invasive Plant Factsheet
First introduced in 1882 as ornamentals and still favored for their screening capabilities, these fast-growing Asian grass species are now invasive throughout the Southeast and in Mid-Atlantic natural areas. Sprouts can grow 30 inches a day, roots can travel 20 feet away from the parent plant, and infestations can spread nearly 10 miles. Do not mistake Arundinaria gigantea, a native bamboo, for these exotic invaders.
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