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Invasive Tallowtree This deciduous tree’s colorful fall foliage and rapid growth has made it a popular landscape tree. © harum.koh/Flickr Creative Commons

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Alabama's Worst Invasives

Learn more about Alabama's most prevalent invasive plant species.

Invasive plants such as Kudzu are a growing problem in Alabama. Not all non-native plants are invasive.  In fact, a large number of our agricultural crops and ornamental plants are non-native (exotic) in origin.  Exotic plants are only a problem when they escape cultivation, spread, and aggressively replace native species.  Some are overwhelming entire landscapes. 

The Nature Conservancy supports the efforts of the Alabama Invasive Plant Council to raise awareness and help stop the spread of invasive plants.

How can you help?

Six simple things you can do to help stop the spread of invasives and keep our natural communities.

  • Gardening: Go native!  Verify that the plants you are buying for your yard or garden are not invasive.  Replace invasive plants in your garden with non-invasive alternatives. 
  • Boating: When boating, clean your boat thoroughly before transporting it to a different body of water.
  • Hiking: Clean your boots before you hike in a new area to get rid of hitchhiking weed seeds and pathogens.
  • Travelling: Don't “pack a pest."  Fruits and vegetables, plants, insects and animals can carry pests or become invasives themselves.
  • Caring for pets: Don't release aquarium fish and plants, live bait or other exotic animals in to the wild.
  • Volunteering: Become a weed warrior!  Volunteer at your local park, refuge or other wildlife area to help remove invasive species.  Help educate others about the threat.