Invasive Plants – Why Care?

Invasive plants overview describing plant characteristics and the affect of invasive plants on our habitats. Also provides steps that homeowners and gardeners can take to help reduce the threats posed by non-native invasive species. Source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Bush honeysuckle

Bush honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)


Control of Invasive Non-Native Plants

A Guide for Gardeners and Homeowners in the Mid-Atlantic Region

A very helpful guide describing the origins of non-native invasive plants in the Mid-Atlantic region, their characteristics and the impact on our Mid-Atlantic habitats. Also lists several predominate invasive trees, shrubs, vines, bamboos, grasses, wetland plants in our region, as well as native alternatives that gardeners and homeowners can choose to achieve similar benefits. Source: Maryland Native Plant Society


Invasive Plants of Maryland Videos

Learn about six invasive plants of Maryland from this informative video series, “The Invaders: Invasive Species of Maryland,” including Canadian Thistle, Autumn Olive, Japanese Knotweed, Garlic Mustard, Tree of Heaven and Mile-a-Minute.  Source: University of Maryland Extension

Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus)

Burning Bush (Euonymus flatus)


Invasive Plants of Maryland

Provide a comprehensive list of invasive plant species of concern in Maryland, with photos and details on why the plant is a threat to Maryland’s natural habitats. Source: Maryland Invasive Species Council


Comprehensive List of Invasive Alien Plants of Virginia

Provides a comprehensive list of invasive alien plants of Virginia, available in pdf format or online. Source: from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage


Why Care About Invasive Plant Species in Virginia?

As a residential gardener or homeowner, have you ever wondered why you should care about invasive plant species in Virginia and what you can do to help? Check out this fairly brief overview and learn more about why invasive plants are a problem, how they affect our state’s natural habitat, and steps that regular homeowner can take to help in the fight against invasive alien plant species. Source: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Natural Heritage Division

English Ivy

English Ivy


Invasive Plants of Virginia

Wondering about invasive plants that you should avoid introducing into your Virginia garden landscape? Check out this very useful list from the State Arboretum of Virginia, which outlines invasive trees, shrubs, groundcovers and vines, perennials, annuals/biennials and grasses. Source: State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy Experimental Farm


MGNV Problem Plants Fact Sheets

Very useful fact sheets highlighting plants that are widely available in the nursery trade but have invasive tendencies and problematic growth habits. Also offers suggestions for attractive native plants to consider as substitutes. Source: Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV)


Invasive Species Fact Sheets

List of some of the most troublesome invasive species in Virginia, each with its own fact sheet in pdf format. Each fact sheet provides an overview with plant description, habitat, distribution, threats and control methods. Source: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Natural Heritage Division