A win for native plants

Goutweed is among the invasive plants that have been prohibited from sale and distribution in Vermont under the noxious weeds quarantine rule of 2002.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has announced amendments to the state’s quarantine rule on invasive plants that will prohibit the sale and use of such species as Norway maple, Japanese barberry and burning bush. The Amended Noxious Weeds Rule went into effect in the spring of 2012.

The rule, originally adopted in 2002, adds a number of new species to the list of prohibited invasive plants in Vermont. The amended rule prohibits the sale and movement/distribution of: 

  • Norway maple (Acer platanoides)
  • Amur maple (Acer ginnala)
  • Burning bush (Euonymous alatus)
  • Japanese and common barberries (Berberis thunbergii and B. vulgaris)
  • Yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus)
  • European naiad (Najas minor, an invasive aquatic species)

Some of the original regulated species include purple loosestrife, Japanese knotweed, several bush or shrubby honeysuckle, glossy and common buckthorn, garlic mustard, and goutweed.

The rule includes a “grace period” to allow sales of existing inventories until July 1, 2013, after which all sales and distribution of the newly added species will be prohibited.

The Agency of Agriculture is identifying and tagging existing inventories to track sales and inform growers of the rule and their opportunities to market alternative non-invasive species.

For more information, visit the Agency of Agriculture's website.


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