Invasive Species in Connecticut
What are invasive plants? Invasive plants are non-native species that have been introduced, either intentionally or accidentally, from another geographic area. They are one of the top three causes of species extinctions world-wide. They out-compete native plants that are important to wildlife and decrease biodiversity in natural areas. Invasives can quickly dominate a landscape – just a few plants can spread rapidly, if not located, identified and dealt with immediately. They cost the US economy billions of dollars in impacts to recreation, agriculture and control. Early detection and rapid removal is the most efficient approach to control. Removal methods vary according to type of plant, extent of infestation, and habitat type.
Click on the photos below for more detailed information on each species (not supported on mobile browsers).
For information on identification and removal methods for the species featured, log on to the following websites:
The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group
The Invasive Plant Atlas of New England