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Wednesday What's New: More on Invasive Plants Print E-mail
Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Wednesday, 06 July 2016
Water chestnut invades waterways

With news headlines as sensational as Invaders are everywhere and Specialists declare war on invasives, invasive plants are a hot topic these days.

Fortunately, despite the seemingly endless proliferation of invasive plants in the landscape and in nurseries and garden centers, there have been significant strides in eradicating some of the most invasive species. The infamous purple loosestrife for instance, which according to Jan Lambert, a naturalist from Charlestown, N.H. quoted in this recent article, Invasive plants crowd out natives, is being slowly controlled--but not eradicated--using natural methods that include A small brown beetle and its yellow larva are eating the plant before it has a chance to bloom and set seed.

Norway maple, oriental bittersweet, burning bush, multiflora rose, Japanese knotweed, Japanese barberry, Japanese honeysuckle, garlic mustard, and aquatic species like European milfoil, water chestnut (pictured above), and the emergent aquatic known as yellow flag top many state lists of invasive species.

Several states mostly in the northeast, have banned the sale of invasive plants including Norway maples, Japanese barberry, and burning bush. Some big box retailers such as Meijer Inc. are removing Norway maple and Lombardy poplar from store inventories in select Midwestern states.