Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia

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mobile users can add a link to NameThatPlant to their home screen Fig Buttercup, Lesser Celandine Leatherleaf Mahonia Japanese Stiltgrass Kudzu Murdannia, Wart-removing Herb Ailanthus, Tree-of-heaven Chinaberry Giant Reed Cogongrass, Bloodroot Grass Sweet Autumn Clematis Paper Mulberry

Invasive Species

The term “native” is used to describe plants that were growing here before the arrival of Europeans. Exotics are those that do not naturally occur in an area but have been introduced by people.

Many exotic species pose no threat, but some are invasive and grow out of control — displacing native plants which provide food and shelter for an assortment of native wildlife. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to predict if or when a species will become a pest plant (for example, Japanese honeysuckle was planted as an ornamental for 80 years before it escaped cultivation!), but a red flag should run up at any non-native with fleshy fruits dispersed by birds. attempts to make the viewer aware of species which have been found to cause problems in natural areas of the Southeast by labeling that plant as INVASIVE. Some of these plants are a greater threat than others (for more information, explore the links below) but we recommend that they not be planted, expecially near a natural area.

Plant Conservation Alliance: Weeds Gone Wild

Invasive Plants of the Eastern United States: Identification and Control

Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas

Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests — USDA Forest Service

US Fish & Wildlife Service

Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas — Fact Sheets

Cogongrass, one of the top ten noxious weeds in the world

Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council

Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Manual — SE-EPPC

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council

Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council

Georgia Invasive Species Task Force

Invasive Exotic Plants of North Carolina

Download a PDF of an 185-page manual compiled by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

North Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council

Invasive Plant Pest Species of South Carolina

Download a PDF of a 12-page booklet compiled by the Clemson Extension Service, SC-EPPC, SC Forestry Commission, and the US Forest Service.

South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council

Cogongrass in South Carolina

Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council