Terrestrial Invasive Plants are plants that have been moved from their native habitat to an introduced area where they are able to reproduce quickly and crowd out native species. These plants impact our forests resulting in economic, ecological or social disruption.
Terrestrial plants in a forest ecosystem can be a tree, shrub or herbaceous plant. These plants are introduced and spread by infested packaging material, seed dispersal by both environmental and human sources, or by escaping from gardens.
Some of the most common invasive plants are: Common Buckthorn, Dog-Strangling Vine, Garlic Mustard, Giant Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam, invasive ground covers such as Periwinkle, invasive Honeysuckles, Invasive Phragmites, Japanese Barberry, Japanese Knotweed, Wild Parsnip, and Winged Euonymus. A few of these species are found in Wilderness Park. (See the Plant Inventory for more details)
You can help prevent the spread of unwanted terrestrial plants.