What You'll Learn

  1. Invasive Plants
  2. Buyer Beware
Buyer Beware

When browsing for plants at the local nursery, watch out for tags bearing potential euphemisms for "invasive species":

* Aggressive
* Self-Naturalizing
* Quick-spreading
* Exotic
* Fast-growing
* Vigorous
* Prolific
* Adaptable
* Pest-Free


Problem Plants
Here are some plants still commonlly found at nurseries and garden centers that have made the invasive list in many regions of the country.

Vines
English ivy (Hedera helix)
Fiveleaf akebia (Akebia quinata)
Porcelainberry (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata)
Oriental bitttersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Wintercreeper (Eunymous fortunei)
Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

Herbs and Perennials
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria, L. virgatum)
Peppermint and spearmint (Mentha varieties)
Common mullein (Varbascum thapsus)

Shrubs and Woody Vines
Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
Exotic bush honeysuckles (Lonicera species)
Multiflora rose (Rose multiflora)
Japanese spiraea (Spiraea japonica)
Exotic wisterias (Wisteria floribunda and sinensis)

Groundcovers and Grasses
Fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum)
Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria)
Running bamboos (incl. Bambusa, Phyllostachys, and Pseduosasa)
Vinca, or periwinkle (Vinca minor)
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