What is an invasive plant?

An invasive plant is a term for a plant species that has been introduced into a local area from other parts of the country or another continent and has become an environmental weed pest. Characteristics of harmful invasive plant species include:

  • The ability of the species to reproduce in large quantities
  • Tolerance of many different soil and weather conditions
  • Aggressive growth habit and the ability to spread rampantly
  • There are no natural enemies such as insects or disease to control their populations

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1. What is considered a native or indigenous plant?
2. Why should I use native plants?
3. What is an invasive plant?
4. The Big Picture: Why is this important? How do invasive plants affect us?
5. What can you do about this problem?