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Invasive Plants

Arundo donax; Photo credit: Deedy Wright

On a global basis … the two great destroyers of biodiversity are, first, habitat destruction and second, invasion by exotic species. 

E. O. Wilson, Father of Biodiversity

Our Mission

The mission of the NPSOT Invasive Plant Committee is to convey the harm caused by invasive plants, to provide informational resources to identify and manage invasive plants, to support invasive plant removal and to restore habitats with native plant alternatives.

To contact the Invasive Plant Committee, send us an email

Negative Impact of Invasive Plants

  1. Contribute to the decline of our natural biodiversity.
  2. Impact the health of ecosystems by displacing native plants. 
  3. Impact nature’s balance on which all species, including humans, depend.
 

In order to preserve the biodiversity and conserve natural habitat quality throughout our state, the Native Plant Society of Texas encourages the use of native plants on public and private lands and discourages the use of invasive plants.

Invasive Plant Database

To search for plants in the invasive plant database, use the search box below and filter by type of plant if desired and press Submit. 

You can enter the plant’s common or scientific name, or other relevant criteria to refine your search. 

The database will return matching invasive plants, along with detailed information about each species’ characteristics, impacts, and more. We also show information about removal and appropriate native species replacements for your ecoregion.

Japanese Wisteria

Wisteria floribunda

Vine

Johnsongrass

Sorghum halepense

Grass and Sedge

KR Bluestem

Bothriochloa ischaemum var. songarica

Grass and Sedge, Perennial

Kudzu

Pueraria montana

Vine

Large Leaf Lantana

Lantana camara

Perennial

MaCartney Rose

Rosa bracteata

Shrub

Maiden Grass

Miscanthus sinensis

Grass and Sedge, Perennial

Maltese Star Thistle

Centaurea melitensis

Annual

Mimosa

Albizia julibrissin

Tree

Multiflora Rose

Rosa multiflora

Shrub, Vine

Musk Thistle

Carduus nutans

Biennial

Nutgrass

Cyperus rotundus

Grass and Sedge

Palay Rubbervine

Cryptostegia grandiflora

Perennial, Vine

Parrotfeather Milfoil

Myriophyllum aquaticum

Aquatic, Perennial

Pincushion Flower

Scabiosa atropurpurea

Annual, Biennial

Poison Hemlock

Conium maculatum

Biennial

Puncturevine

Tribulus terrestris

Annual

Purple Crown Vetch

Coronilla varia

Perennial, Vine

Purple Lantana

Lantana montevidensis

Groundcover, Perennial

Purple Loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria

Aquatic, Perennial

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