Written on August 20, 2012 at 5:56 am , by Justin W. Hancock
Talking about invasive plants a serious subject. As gardeners in my home state of Minnesota know, purple loosestrife can be a horrific problem to native plant and animal species in waterways. The same goes for folks in the South who have seen kudzu smother acre after acre. Invasive plants cause harm to our environments and expense as we try to repair that harm.
Unfortunately, invasive plants (as with many things in gardening) aren’t always so easy to deal with. From time to time I receive angry comments from readers because we’ve highlighted an invasive plant. And that’s where things get a little tricky.
It seems a bit extreme to position ourselves and not write about any invasive plant that shows invasive tendencies, though that would mean no more burning bush (a problem in Connecticut), butterfly bush (Oregon), mimosa (Georgia), Norway maple (Connecticut), perennial sweet pea (Oregon), and wisteria (Georgia), among others (including lantana, for our Australian readers).
So instead, we do our best to make note that a plant may be invasive in some areas and to suggest you check with your local authorities about whether a particular plant is a good choice for your area (especially since lists are updated regularly).
What do you think? Would you like to see more emphasis put on the fact that some of the common garden plants we know and love may be aggressive invaders in other regions?
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