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Word of the Week: Sedge

Many gardeners were taught the short rhyme, “Sedges have edges, rushes are round, and grasses are hollow, straight to the ground,” as a short-hand way of distinguishing between the three somewhat similar plant types. Continue reading

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Invasive Plant Factsheet: : Bamboo (Bambusa, Phyllostachys, and Pseudosasa spp.)

2020 Invasive Plant Factsheet: Bamboo (Bambusa, Phyllostachys, and Pseudosasa spp)
Bamboo sprouts can grow 30 inches a day, roots can travel 20 feet away from the parent plant, and infestations can spread nearly 10 miles. Continue reading

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Invasive Plant Factsheet: Chinese Silver Grass (Miscanthus sinensis)

2020 Invasive Plant Factsheet: Chinese Silver Grass (Miscanthus sinensis) 
Today some 50 forms are sold in the nursery trade, and it is often used in both commercial and residential landscapes. Unfortunately, it escapes from these plantings and has become invasive in national parks in Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Continue reading

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Invasive Plant Factsheet: Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides)

2020 Invasive Plant Factsheet: Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides)
Due to its high numbers of wind-blown seeds, it is escaping cultivation and becoming a weed problem in natural areas. It is identified as an emerging threat in the Mid-Atlantic Region and is listed as an invasive species in Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia. Continue reading

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