Invasive plants will take over and degrade natural ecosystems since they disrupt the intricate web of life for plants, animals,
and microorganisms and compete for limited natural resources.

Invasive plants displace native plants, including some rare species, thus reducing food and shelter for native wildlife,
eliminating host plants of native insects and competing for native plant pollinators. Some invasive plants spread so
rapidly that they muscle out most other plants, changing a forest, meadow or wetland into a landscape dominated by one

Such monocultures have little ecological value and greatly reduce the natural biological diversity of an area. Invasive plants
also affect the type of recreational activities that we can enjoy in natural areas such as boating, bird watching, fishing and
exploring. Some invasive plants become so thick that it is impossible to access waterways, forests and other areas.

Once established, invasive
plants require enormous
amounts of time, labor and
money to control or eliminate.
Invasive species cost the
United States an estimated
$34.7 billion each year in
control efforts and agricultural
losses. (Florida Division of
Plant Industry)

The Florida Exotic Pest Plant
Council (FLEPPC) maintains a
list of plants to avoid, and the
Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer
Services has a similar list, the
Florida Noxious Weed List
(5b-57.007 FAC). Plants on
the Florida Noxious Weed List
may not be introduced,
possessed, moved, or
released without a permit.

Native Florida Landscapes
is a member of FLEPPC. To
learn more about exotic plants,

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Exotic Plant Removal
  • Air Potato (Discorea bulbifera)
  • Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius)
  • Australian pine (Casuarina equisetifolia, C.
    glauca, C. cunninghamiana)

Other Invasive Species
  • Oyster plant (Rhoeo spathacea)
  • Asparagus fern (Asparagus aethiopicus)
  • Boston fern (Nephrolepis cordifolia)
  • Golden poths (Syngonium podophyllum)
  • Snake plant (Sansevieria hyacinthoides)
  • Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
  • Wedelia (Sphagneticola trilobata)
Eradicating Brazilian pepper
(or "pepper-busting")
requires chemical and
mechanical methods.