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Native Alternatives to Invasive Ornamentals


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 natural areas and native plant communities. Land managers are working hard to remove invasive species from the landscape, but they need your 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 invasive ornamentals, and once established require far less input because they are adapted to our unique climate and soils.

PlantWise NY Brochure

Best Management Practices for Restoration Plantings

WNY PRISM – Native Plant Suppliers

Guide to Water Gardening in New York State

Additional Resources:

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper:

Native Plant Guide

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 for the Northeast

Cornell Cooperative Extension:

Alternatives to Invasives Booklet