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Parrot's Feather

A popular aquatic garden plant that spreads with water currents, animals, boats/trailers and fishing gear. Dense stands can stagnate water, and increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes learn more »

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

These tiny freshwater mussels clog drains, damage infrastructure, and are very costly to control/eradicate learn more »

Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations learn more »

European Fire Ant

A tiny ant with a toxic sting learn more »

Purple Loosestrife

An aggressive wetland invader that threatens plant and animal diversity learn more »

Orange Hawkweed

Also yellow, these invasive plants replace native vegetation along roadsides, and threaten areas not yet reforested learn more »

Japanese Knotweed

Grows aggressively through concrete, impacting roads and house foundations learn more »

Spotted Knapweed

A single plant spreads rapidly with up to 140,000 seeds per square metre learn more »

Scotch Broom

An evergreen shrub that invades rangelands, replaces forage plants, causes allergies in people, and is a serious competitor to conifer seedlings learn more »

Identify

Invasive species are plants, animals or other organisms that aren’t native to BC and that threaten the many opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation and hidden natural treasures that we value so much. So it’s important that we protect our province by taking action to understand, minimize and report invasive species. Changing just a few habits can create positive change. Our Resources page offers information guides, articles, a photo gallery and other materials to help you identify invasive species.

Canada – The Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS) works collaboratively across jurisdictional boundaries to help identify invasive species and reduce their threat and impacts. Many groups across Canada are focused on controlling invasive species.

United States – Our neighbours in the US are limiting invasive species through the involvement of many organizations.

International – Controlling invasive species is a global concern with numerous groups involved.

Invasive Plants

Invasive plant management is one of the ways all British Columbians can minimize damage done by invasive species. The best way to beat invasive plants is by:

  • Increasing your ability to identify and remove invasive plants currently in any planted area
  • Knowing what you grow to avoid planting aggressive or known invasive species

TIPS FactSheets: TIPS is an information series for everyone involved in invasive plant management. Each publication focuses on best management practices and principles for operational activities or a specific species.