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This plant was introduced from Asia for its excellent garden characteristics, and has become naturalized in 42 of the 50 states. As an escapee, it is considered weedy or invasive by some authorities. It forms dense stands that exclude native vegetation, and is often so common that it is mistaken for a native species.
Found in: AL, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
Spotted growing on a wooded drive near an old church and cemetery and a utility plant.
Spotted on Jun 12, 2013
Submitted on Oct 16, 2013