KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A new invasive species is cropping up in Knox County.
It’s called the Japanese Chaff Flower.
Will Drews, the Natural Resource Specialist with the Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District, says it was discovered in Knox County in late summer.
He says the district office knows of two sites with multiple plants but believe there could be more.
The bush-like plants grow stocks with long clusters of seeds. The barbs can get stuck in animal fur and feathers, and then be spread to other areas.
Drews says the plant is relatively new to the area, so there is an opportunity to eradicate it from the county.
“The only way we’re going to be able to do that is with people looking out for it and reporting it, and getting in there quickly and removing those existing populations,” says Drews.
People can report the plant to the Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District.