What are Invasives? FAQs

What is an invasive plant?

An invasive plant is a non-native species, introduced to an area and now thriving. It’s adaptable, aggressive, reproduces at high rates.

Why are invasives such a problem?
Invasives lack natural enemies. They reproduce freely, threaten native plants by out-competing them, spread into our fields, forests, wetlands & waterways, natural areas and right-of-ways, and reduce wildlife habitat.

Do I have invasive plants on my property?
Chances are you do. You may even have some growing in your garden.

How can I recognize an invasive plant?
Click here for pictures and descriptions of Redding’s Worst Invasives.
The Mark Twain Library
also has several flipbooks with laminated pages and great pictures that you can take outside with you.

If I find I have invasives, what can I do?
If they’re on your property you can pull them or mow them down. It’s best to do this before they set seed. Keep pulling! Plants like garlic mustard have seeds that can live in the soil for years. Not sure what you have? Contact the Redding Garden Club for help.

Why are native species a good alternative to plant?
Native plants are the right plant in the right place. They are considered low maintenance. Many provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies and wildlife.

How can I find out more about native plants?
Click on these links:
15 of the best Native Plants for your garden
Native Plants: Perennials - Expanded List
Native Plants: Shrubs - Expanded List
Deer Resistant Plants

More information on invasives:

More information on native plants:

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