Virginia Adds To List of Non-native Invasive Plants

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – English ivy and golden bamboo are among the 90 new non-native invasive plants compiled by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Kevin Heffernan is the department’s natural heritage stewardship biologist. He says gardeners should be especially diligent about aggressive non-native species, which can displace native species and alter ecosystems.

The department said invasive species cause an estimated $34 billion annually in economic loss in the United States.

Many invasive plant species arrived as packing material or seed contaminants and became established. The spread of some of those plants such as kudzu has wreaked havoc on Virginia natural areas.

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