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Landscape Alternatives to Invasive Plants


Many of our invasive species first arrived as ornamental landscaping plants. Unfortunately, these plants escaped from our gardens and spread across the landscape causing significant harm to our natural areas and native plant communities. Land managers are working hard to remove invasive species from the landscape, but they need help.

Know before you grow! Rather than adding species to your gardens that are known to be invasive, plant native or non-invasive plants. Many of our native plants are just as beautiful (if not more beautiful) than our invasive ornamentals, and once established require far less input because they are adapted to our unique climate and soils.

PlantWise NY Brochure – 8MB

WNY PRISM – Native Plant Suppliers


Additional Resources:

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper:

Native Plant Guide

BNR Native-Plants-Supplier-List

Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN):

Landscape Alternatives Brochure

Big Flats Plant Materials Center:

Vegetating with Native Grasses in Northeastern North America

Conservation Plantings on Critical Areas

Cornell Cooperative Extension:

Alternatives to Invasives Booklet