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Phelps County declares knotweed to be noxious

HOLDREGE, Neb. (AP)--Though it hasn't cropped up yet in Phelps County, knotweed already is considered noxious there.

Charles Brooks, the weed superintendent in the south-central Nebraska county, said he fears the weed will show up soon. The state Agriculture Department website said that the plant has been found growing wild only near Omaha but that the risk for statewide infestation is high.

Some homeowners use knotweed to decorate their property. The plant has spade-shaped leaves with attractive white flowers, but Brooks said it spreads rapidly and will choke off the growth of anything else.

The Kearney Hub reported that the Phelps County Board of Supervisors approved Brooks' request to declare knotweed and its varieties as a noxious weed in the county.

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