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Use of the Term “Invasive” in the EG Plant Toolbox

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There are many different technical and non-technical definitions of the term “Invasive,” and it is used differently by various organizations. As a result, different organizations label different plants as invasive. Below is a list of the sites that we reference when deciding whether to tag a plant as “Invasive” in the Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox. If a plant is listed on at least three of these sites we tag it as invasive. Our goal is to steer gardeners away from planting plants that may become a problem for them, their neighbors, or the environment.

Tagging Plants as Invasive

The following sites were consulted:

Note that plants that are not deemed invasive in North Carolina may be invasive in other states or regions (e.g. Ardisia crenata). Likewise, plants that are non-invasive in some regions may be problems in North Carolina. The Plant Toolbox has suggestions for native or less problematic exotic species to use in place of invasive species.

Return to the Plant Toolbox Help page.