Invasive plants are one of the greatest threats to the nature of Massachusetts because they out-compete, displace, or kill native species. These non-native species—many introduced to Massachusetts accidentally or on purpose for garden or landscape use—thrive and proliferate.
A total of 66 plant species have been scientifically documented to be invasive in Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group (MIPAG). These species were subsequently banned for importation, propagation and sale in Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.
→ Find out what Mass Audubon is doing to tackle invasive plants.
Common Invasive Plants in Massachusetts
Use this guide to help identify and manage common invasive plants in and around your home. See any of these in your town? Let your local conservation commission know.