The majority of non-native garden plants are not invasive. However, it only takes a few to invade your garden and cause extra work. Seedlings must be weeded out before they take over and displace plants which you painstakingly planted. Plants can spread quickly from your garden onto other people's property, decreasing both their enjoyment of their property and their enjoyment of you as a neighbor. Even plants which seem manageable in your garden may be spreading seeds into natural areas. The fruits on many plants are eaten and spread by birds, causing infestations many miles away. Some of the plants which imperil Oregon's natural areas have gained a foothold because they were first planted in gardens.
|The showy purple flowers of purple loosetrife made it a popular garden plant. We know however that this vigorous plant crowds out marsh vegetation required by wildlife for food and shelter.|
Remove plants that are invasive and dispose of your yard debris responsibly.
Recognize the plants in your garden and nearby natural areas. Report plants that look out of place at www.oregoninvasiveshotline.org