Friday, May 29, 2009

Invasive Plant Species...

What is an invasive species?

An invasive species is a non-native species whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic harm, environmental harm, or harm to human health. The term "invasive"; is used for the most aggressive species. These species grow and reproduce rapidly, causing major disturbance to the areas in which they are present.

These five species are considered invasive in some areas of the country. Please visit for more information.

Berberis thunbergii, Japanese barberry

Ilex aquifolium, English holly

Ajuga reptans, Bugleweed

Ilex crenata, Japanese holly

Lysimachia nummularia, Creeping jenny

These plants will not be a problem if you maintain them properly. However, always be conscious that their potential for escape is notorious. Invasive plants may disturb some natural habitats, but are the most threatening in ecosystems such as wetlands, sand dunes and fire prone areas like pine barrens where rare native plants are found. If you think the plant you have may be invasive, check your state's invasive list and take the proper steps to ensure that your plant does not become a problem.

1 comment:

  1. I was not very much aware about the invasive plant species. Thanks for the knowledgeable facts about that species of plant. Reading your post made me exhausted or maybe I started out that way because I know how much planting I have coming up myself.