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. 

                                                                                                          Invasive: Wisteria sinensis, Chinese wisteria

 

                                                                   Alternative: Aristolochia tomentosa, Dutchman’s pipe

 from Fine Gardening, October 2011     finegardening.com