Virginia Invasive Species

As Seen on Virginia Home Grown

By Kevin Heffernan     Posted April 27, 2021

I hope you enjoyed the invasive plant species segment on Virginia Home Grown. If you missed it, I will post links to videos here when they are available.

A heartfelt thanks to Peggy Singlemann and the Virginia Public Media crew for hosting our agency and highlighting conservation work in the Commonwealth.

Below are the species we discussed and links to more information on invasive plants, control methods, vegetation management contractors, and more.

Invasive Plants

Wavyleaf grass (Oplismenus undulatifolius)

Italian arum (Arum italicum)

Japanese knotweed (Reynoutria japonica)

Lesser celandine (Ficaria varia)

Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)

Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense)

Autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

The DCR invasive plant list

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Invasive Plant Species List

Overview of control methods and contact information for contractors

Virginia Department of Forestry Non-native Plant Control Methods

Blue Ridge Partnership for Regional Invasive Species - list of vegetation management contractors

More resources about invasive plants

All things invasive species, a catalog of trouble:

Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System, a tool for citizen scientists and land managers:

All of Virginia's floral diversity

The Flora of Virginia Project, an authoritative tome and excellent app:

Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora, to quickly see information and quality photos for documented presence of plant species in Virginia:

Glyphosate facts

Learn more about glyphosate safety in this fact sheet from Virginia Cooperative Extension:

This research suggests that bees are not harmed by glyphosate, but by other chemicals found in commercial herbicide products, such as Roundup: