Invasive knotweed has been identified on sites throughout Vancouver Island. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

‘Knot On My Property’ program up and running for 2018

Report invasive knotweed and giant hogweed

Local governments in the Comox Valley have once again joined forces with the Coastal Invasive Species Committee (Coastal ISC) to bust invasive knotweed and giant hogweed.

Both plants are considered alien invasive species in B.C., and if left unchecked can wreak havoc on local ecosystems and diminish property values. And in the case of giant hogweed, can lead to third-degree burns when in contact with skin, due to its clear phototoxic sap.

The best time to spot knotweed is mid-summer and early autumn. During spring, reddish/purple shoots appear from the ground and fat, asparagus-like ‘spears’ rapidly lengthen from bright pink ‘crown’ buds.

Giant hogweed grows up to 14 feet tall and features huge leaves (up to five feet wide), and white flowers with 50-150 flower rays clustered into an umbrella-shaped flower cluster up to 2.5 feet across.

Residents in the Comox Valley Regional District electoral areas can benefit from subsidized treatments by select spot application this summer. Help us be on the lookout for invasive species so we can stop the spread of these noxious weeds.

Reporting knotweed and giant hogweed is important in controlling these priority invasive plants in the region.

The Coastal Invasive Species Committee is asking the public to report sightings of these noxious weeds. Email or call 250-871-5117 in the Comox Valley.


Just Posted

Greenwood Trunk sewer line construction continues

Work on Ryan Road portion of project Monday

Heat warning issued for Vancouver Island

Temperatures expected to cool down later this week

Police presence at Anna Place in Courtenay

Situation resolved peacefully

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Hulk Hogan reinstated into wrestling Hall of Fame

Hogan had used racial slurs caught on video when talking about his daughter sleeping with a black man

Island wide crime spree leads to multiple charges against Cowichan Valley resident

Social Media and citizens of the North Island played a big role in solving the case.

‘Lava bomb’ through roof of tour boat injures 22 in Hawaii

“An explosion occurred near the shoreline hurling hot lava rocks towards the boat and injuring several passengers”

B.C. teen meets Nicolas Cage

Filming mob movie in downtown Vernon, B.C.

Critics claim Trump “defended a tyrant”

Trump questions US intel, not Putin, on Russia 2016 meddling

B.C. MLAs choose new children’s watchdog

Jennifer Charlesworth has worked in government, social services

B.C. reporter calls out immigration photo on social media as fake news

A Vancouver reporter is calling out a British politician for spreading fake news

Most Read