Invasive Plants

Kudzu vine, garlic mustard, crown vetch, and Japanese honeysuckle are just a few examples of well-known invasive species that have radically changed the balance of ecosystems in many regions of the U.S. Even selecting a “sterile” cultivar of an otherwise invasive plant can be dangerous: several varieties of the notoriously invasive purple loosestrife sold as “sterile” actually produce fertile seeds, pollen, or both.

Invasive plants are especially opportunistic when ecosystems are disturbed—construction sites are a prime example—so it’s important to be proactive about establishing native plants quickly to prevent invasives from filling the void.

Published June 29, 2010

Ward, A. (2010, June 29). Invasive Plants. Retrieved from