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Invasive Plants

Invasive exotic plant species are able to grow and reproduce quickly throughout a natural area, disrupting habitats and food sources for native plants and the animals dependant upon them. Local species losses result from this rapid invasion of exotic plants as native plant and animal species do not have time to adapt to habitat changes.

Some of these invasive exotic species have been unintentionally introduced to natural habitats from garden settings. Originally prized for uniqueness or reliability in landscapes, these ubiquitous, often unrestrained, plants now cause headaches for gardeners and homeowners. Masses of seedlings can be dispersed into natural areas from nearby landscapes and roads.