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    Chinese silvergrass used in landscaping. Photo by Gulf Shore Design. Jewelweed by Danny Bernstein

    Written by Danny Bernstein on March 21, 2011
    John Odell ate coltsfoot at dinner when he visited Japan. He describes it as textured like Swiss chard but with a different flavor. But in the United States, coltsfoot is an invasive exotic species that crowds out native plants, takes over a region because it has no natural enemies, and threatens native biodiversity.

    Mr. Odell, the resource management coordinator for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's