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Ask the Ecologist

by Belle Bergner

Q: How do I know if I have nonnative, invasive plants in my yard?

A: Here are five of the most common plants you are likely to find in your yard. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the list of invasive plants in Wisconsin has grown to nearly 150 different species! If you think you have a different invasive plant not pictured here or want more pictures of the ones below, check out the WDNR online photo gallery of invasive plants at: http://dnr.wi.gov/invasives/photos/ index.asp?SF=Common


Chicory, Blue Sailor | Buckthorn| Bull Thistle


Garlic Mustard First Year


Garlic Mustard Second Year | Creeping Charlie

Riverwest Currents online edition – September, 2006