Invasive Plants


Both terrestrial (land) and aquatic (water) invasive species can harm our environment. Invasive plants overtake areas and displace natives. Often, this impacts our native wildlife, our recreational areas and agricultural lands. For example, aquatic invasive species can be found in ponds, lagoons, lakes and streams. Areas where fish live and spawn may be destroyed, and plant material produced by aquatic invasives may be so dense that boats, canoes and kayaks can not longer access recreational waterways. Below is a list of commonly found invasive species. Unfortunately, many are still sold at nurseries, greenhouses and at pet stores (aquarium habitat).



Common Name Scientific Name
Tree of Heaven Ailanthus altissima
Mimosa Tree Albizia julibrissin
Japanese Barberry Berberis thunbergii
Burning Bush Euonymus alata
Wintercreeper Euonymus fortunei
Common Privet Ligustrum vulgare
Amur Honeysuckle Lonicera mackii
Morrow’s Honeysuckle Lonicera morrowii
Bamboo Varieties Phyllostachys/Bambusa spp.
Callery Pear Pyrus calleryna
Multiflora Rose Rosa multiflora
Japanese Spirea Spirea japonica



Common Name Scientific Name
Goutweed/Bishopsweed Aegopodium podagraria
Oriental Bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus
Jimsonweed Datura stramonium
Japanese Knotweed Fallopia japonica
English Ivy Hedera helix
Common Orange Daylily Hemerocalis fulva
Dame’s Rocket Hesperis matronalis
Hydrilla Hydrilla verticullata
Yellow Flag Iris Iris pseudacorus
Creeping Jenny (Moneywort) Lysimachia nummularia
Purple Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
Spearmint Mentha spicata
Japanese Stiltgrass Microstegium vimineum
Parrot Feather Myriophyllum aquaticum
Eurasian Water Milfoil Myriophyllum spicatum
True Forget-me-Not Myostis scorpiodies
Reed Canary Grass Phalaris australis
Water Chestnut Trapa natans
Narrow Leaved Cattail Typha angustifolia
Periwinkle Vinca minor


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