Beware of Alien Invaders!

Many beautiful, but invasive plant species are lurking in garden centers and catalogues this time of year.

After a long, cold winter many people look forward to getting outside and working in the yard or garden. One should be cautious when perusing through the glossy pages of plant catalogues and wandering through the new plant arrivals at the local garden center. Among the many beautiful plants available, there are invasive species lurking. Invasive species are plants and animals that damage both our environment and economy. They are often exotic (not found in North America prior to European settlement), and wreak havoc on native ecosystems. These plant species escape from cultivation and invade an area, out-competing native plants for resources. Not all non-native plants are bad. In fact, many exotic plants can be safely used in landscaping. However, buyers should be aware that there are still many aggressive, invasive plant species available for purchase.

A few of commonly-sold invasive plants…   burning bush

  • Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus)
  • Callery Pear/Bradford Pear (Pyrus calleryana)
  • Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
  • Norway Maple (Acer plantanoides)
  • Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei)
  • Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Periwinkle (Vinca minor)

To view Indiana’s offical invasive plants list, visit the Indiana Invasive Species Council webpage.

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