Invasive Plants


Lonicera japonica Japanese

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An invasive species is defined as a species that is both nonnative to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. (Executive Order 13112)

Specifically, terrestrial invasive plants are land plants that cause harm to to agriculture and farming. Here we have included 5 types of terrestrial invasive plants: Japanese honeysuckle, Japanese climbing fern, Sacred bamboo, Canada thistle, and Yellow toadflax.

Lygodium japonicum Japanese climbing fern

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You can help stop the spread of terrestrial invasive plants by following these 8 simple steps:

1. Ask for only non- invasive species when you acquire plants. Request that nurseries and garden centers sell only non- native invasive plants.

2. Seek information on in vasive plants from resources such as botanical gardens, horticulturists, conservationists, and government agencies.

3. Scout your property and remove invasive species before they pose a problem. If for whatever reason removal is not an option, prevent the plant from seeding.

4. Clean your boots before and after visiting a natural area to prevent further spread.

5. Volunteer at local park clean ups to help aid efforts to eradicate invasive plants.

6. Educate your peers and community through group settings such as garden clubs and civic groups.

7. Support public policies and programs to control invasive species

Nandina domestica Sacred bamboo MEDICINAL USAGE OF INVASIVE PLANTS

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Many invasive plants can be used as medicine. Many people believe these plants to have a negative impact on the environment and health of human beings, but in certain diseases such as Lyme's disease, some invasive plants can rid the body of toxins and other negative aspects of this disease.

Cirsium arvense Canada thistle


Linaria vulgaris Yellow toadflax