Removing Invasive Plants for a Bird Friendly Habitat

Japanese Stiltgrass
Japanese Stiltgrass taking over a yard

Invasive plants such as English ivy and privet are not originally from North America. They have escaped cultivation and now overrun native vegetation. The list in our brochure does not include all the invasive plants that are of concern but represents those that are transmitted by birds and are of particular concern. They also are ordered by difficulty of removing so that the standards for removal are easier at the silver level than the gold and easier at the gold than the platinum.

We have imported many of the common plants that you see in neighborhood gardens based largely on their value as ornamental, lawn and garden plants. Thus native plants have been displaced as land has been developed. While some non-native plants stay within the confines of our gardens and can be used as decorative and ornamental species, they do not offer much value for wildlife especially since they do not host the insects which are an essential part of an intact and bird-friendly ecosystem.

Other imported, non-native plants readily and aggressively spread outside their original boundaries displacing native plants and becoming serious threats to ecosystems such as wetlands and the wildlife that depends on them. Most people don’t even realize that commonly seen plants like Bradford Pear, Chinese Privet, Japanese Honeysuckle, and Queen’s Anne Lace are non-native and have become serious invasive threats.

Here are some important resources:

North Carolina State University:

North Carolina Botanical Garden:

National Park Service:

North Carolina Native Plant Society:

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