Florida Invasive Plant Control
Since European explorers first made their way to its shores, Florida has acquired over 1,300 exotic plants which are reproducing on their own in the wild & apart from human cultivation.
Exotics plants were brought to Florida for different reasons, some as food sources for early settlers, some introduced years ago by collectors as specimens. In more recent times many were, and still are being used for landscaping.
The problem exotic plants are considered “invasive”. A lack of natural controlling factors such as climate, diseases or insect pests combined with the fact that in their native land they must often be very aggressive just to survive can give them enough of an advantage to outgrow and overwhelm Florida’s native species.
Once established, invasive exotic plants displace our native plants and are difficult to eradicate. Depending on the circumstances and the species, eradication efforts may employ manual removal, chemical sprays, biological controls or more often a combination of these methods.
Controlling these plants is vital to the preservation of Florida’s ecosystems and the survival of many native plants, and because native animals rely on native plants for survival they too are affected.
Wild exotic plants are divided into two classifications * In Florida there are 67 Category One exotic plants that are causing ecological damage to native plant communities and 71 Category Two plants that are spreading and increasing in range but have not yet caused ecological damage.*
Residents & landowners can help to stop the spread of damaging exotic plants and aid in the preservation of Florida’s unique biodiversity.
The best strategy is not to introduce known invasive or potentially invasive plants into home landscaping, substituting instead native species where possible and limiting the use of exotic plants to those that are not considered invasive.
Identifying and removing pre-existing invasive plants from your property will prevent the spread of exotic seeds into the wild by birds, animals and wind.
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