The bees love it - and it is an invasive plant in most of the world. It's on the list of the top ten invasive plants in Georgia. I saw it all along a trail in Cumberland, Maryland, absolutely covered in bees of all kinds, but particularly honeybees.
Here's a bee on Japanese knotweed
Here are another couple of pictures of knotweed and bees on the plant.
This article says that the plant is often found near water and along railroad tracks. I was walking on the C&O towpath that goes along an old railroad bed along the C & O Canal in Cumberland, Maryland.
I wish I had had my camera with me on the walk, but I did not. I have never seen so many bees on a plant. One of my friends on Beemaster posted that it is related to the buckwheat family, a plant family that always draws bees. It also blooms at a time when nothing else much is supplying nectar, so the bees are delighted to find it.
I'm going to the mountains over Labor Day and since Japanese knotweed is on the list of Georgia's invasive plants, hopefully I'll see an example to photograph myself.
Now that I know what it is, I believe I did see it around the Black Rock Mountain lake the last time I was up there and it was covered with bees, but I didn't know what it was and again, didn't have my camera. Probably down here it will be through with its bloom. We'll see.
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