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Invasive Species Research Conference

Turning Science into Action! Co-hosted by Thompson Rivers University and the Invasive Species Council of BC. learn more »

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

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 »

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 »

Orange Hawkweed

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

PlantWise

Get Involved and Make a Difference!

Whether you are adding new, attractive plants to your garden, starting a landscaping project, growing crops, running a horticulture-based business or are removing invasive plants from your land – you can make a difference! Yourself, your family, your community or your organization can get involved.

The horticulture industry has been identified as a key pathway for the introduction and spread of horticulturally invasive plants in gardens, orchards, vineyards, hayfields, crops and wild lands across BC and beyond. PlantWise is a province-wide program designed to work with both the horticulture industry and home gardeners. PlantWise is positive and motivating—it encourages you to choose only safe alternative or native plants instead of invasive ones.

Explore the new PlantWise website and download the mobile app for iphone or android: www.beplantwise.ca

By committing to make a simple change in behaviour, you can make a difference to reduce the spread of horticulturally invasive plants in BC. Here's how:

1) Be PlantWise - Check out Grow Me Instead

Grow Me Instead is a valuable and popular resource of PlantWise that illustrates 26 of horticulture’s most 'unwanted' invasive plants frequently found in gardens across BC. Some of these 'unwanted' invasive plants are still sold at garden centers and other outlets, and used by landscapers and landscape architects in their designs. Each invasive plant listed in Grow Me Instead has suitable, and equally beautiful and functional, non-invasive plant alternatives (native and exotic) that work well for a range of growing zones and conditions in BC. Learn about a few key examples. 

2) Be PlantWise - Make a Commitment

Commit to be PlantWise and make a difference - Learn about the ways you can make a difference in your community. 

3) Be PlantWise - Become an Ambassador

Become an Ambassador and teach others the PlantWise message. By working together, we can ensure that future generations will benefit from beautiful, abundant landscapes in BC, while nourishing sustainable communities, healthy ecosystems and vibrant gardens.

4) Report Invasive Plants

Report sightings of invasive plants in your community. 

Additional PlantWise Resources:
Grow Me Instead Booklet 
Grow Me Instead Snapshot Brochure
Report: Minimizing the Impacts of Invasive Plants in Horticulture 
Report: Economic Impacts of Invasive Plants in BC
Report: A Road Map for Invasive Plant Research in BC:Where Do We Go From Here?

Funding for this project has been provided through the Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program under Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The program is delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.

Thank you for becoming PlantWise! See links below for more information.

Commit to be PlantWise

Make your commitment to Be PlantWise! 

Become a PlantWise Ambassador

Become a PlantWise Ambassador and help spread the PlantWise message in your community.

Key Horticulturally Invasive Plants

Learn about a few key invasive plants impacting horticulture, including Baby's Breath; Butterfly Bush; English Ivy; and Himalayan Blackberry. Please help prevent (alert species): Common Morning Glory and Tree of Heaven. 

Plantwise Program Partners

ISCBC would like to thank our industry partners for leading by example to showcase the benefits of responsible gardening. We believe efforts made this year will enable a strong provincial Plantwise program in future years.

PlantWise Resources & Background

The PlantWise program includes both industry and consumer components, supporting the efforts of industry leaders who provide direction to gardeners at the point of sale, as well as through general education and awareness in pilot communities.