by Howard Garrett
The USDA has some really good information on invasive and noxious plants. Hereís the web site for the information on Texas plants.
There are some interesting omissions. Some of the most invasive plants here are privet, greenbriar, Japanese honeysuckle and poison ivy. When I consult on landscape projects, these are the plants are removed first thing. Kudzu isnít even mentioned in these lists. Here is the national list. http://plants.usda.gov/java/noxious?rptType=Federal
The bad plants arenít on it either. Boy, what does a plant have to do to get in trouble with the feds? On the other hand, I donít recommend the removal of mesquite. Large individual trees arenít a problem. Short multi-stemmed bushy ones are a problem. They are created by foolishly trying to get kill the large, single stem trees.
The most invasive plants in my yard are houttuynia, cashmere bouquet, rice paper plant and wild strawberry. I canít avoid the admission that I planted all these plants and at one time thought that using them was a grand idea. We DO continue to learn.
Published in DIRT 2006