Plants that originate outside of our area are non-native plants. Many non-native plants are great and add showy foliage & flowers to our landscape, provide disease- and pest-resistent options, and provide diversity.
Some non-native plants, however, have undesirable characteristics, including invasiveness. Non-native invasive plants are able to outcompete our native plants. Not only do these plants NOTprovide the habitat or food source resources that our native wildlife populations need to survive, they contribute to the loss of the native plants that do.
In Connecticut, it is now illegal
to cultivate, transplant or sell certain non-native invasive plants, see the list and fines:
CT Public Act 04-203
Invasive Plant Lists & Removal Tips:
CT Invasive Plant Working Group
(CIPWG) is a great informative website that includes factsheets
and managment options.
For a complete list of CT invasive plants:
Connecticut Invasive Plants Council: Invasive Plant List
In the event that you identify the following invasive plants, please alert the CIPWG and attempt to eradicate the plant!