Alternatives to Invasives
Invasive plants are so successful because they often grow and mature rapidly; spread quickly; have few known diseases or insects to provide control; thrive in many habitats; and are difficult to control. Because of these factors, non-native invasives usually have the upper hand and take over the niche that native plants inhabit. When considering plants always try to use a native alternative that has the qualities and characteristics you desire.
from Fine Gardening, October 2011 finegardening.com