Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2014
Regional Report

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PlantRight's 2014 Invasive Garden Plant List
Sustainable Conservation's PlantRight campaign has published a new list of invasive garden plants to help California's nursery trade and their customers make more informed planting and purchasing decisions. PlantRight's 2014 list identifies locally invasive garden plants while providing expert recommendations for beautiful, environmentally-safe alternatives. The 2014 list features 15 invasive garden plants and 50 noninvasive alternatives. New to the 2014 list of invasives are Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima or Stipa tenuissima); water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes); and yellow water iris (Iris pseudacorus). In California, $85 million is spent each year attempting to slow the spread of invasive plants, which contribute to wildlife loss, increased wildfire risk, reduced land values, lost agricultural yields, and degraded recreational opportunities. According to the California Invasive Plant Council, nearly 50 percent of the state's invasive plants were introduced via the horticultural trade. With PlantRight's science-based plant list, growers, retailers, and gardeners can all play a role in being part of the invasive plant solution.

Tool or Gardening Product

Garden Carryall
Use a shallow, compartmented plastic basket with a handle as a garden carryall for seed packets, pruners, trowel, fork, and other small items. Before each day's initial trip into the garden, replenish the basket with packets of seed appropriate for planting at that time. As an empty spot develops in the garden, plant a few seeds.


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