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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 »

Invasive Species Research Conference

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

PlantWise Resources & Background

ISCBC is working collaboratively with the horticulture industry to promote responsible gardening by reducing the sale and purchase of invasive plants. 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 education and awareness in BC communities.

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

Useful to both consumers and industry is the PlantWise TIPS factsheet as well as the Regional List of invasive species that is organized by regions of BC. 

Education tools created more specifically for the public/consumers include the Grow Me Instead booklet, snapshot brochure and wallet card. These publications assist in accurately identifying unwanted invasive horticulture plants. These resources are available for download and/or order through the ISCBC office:

CONSUMERS - GARDENERS, GENERAL PUBLIC

INDUSTRY - RETAILERS, GROWERS, LANDSCAPERS, SPECIFIERS

Voluntary PlantWise Industry Partnership Guide
An essential part of the PlantWise program (intended for ornamental horticulture industry members rather than consumers) is the PlantWise Industry Partnership Guide.

This resource provides tips, hints and solutions for businesses, to refer to when considering or already in transition to becoming invasive free.

We’re here to help! Resources and support are completely optional and are up to the discretion of the industry partner to use. Online webinar training, resources, E-communications, and other useful tools and information will be provided to partners to best suit their needs. 

We encourage retailers to provide education and information out to customers to communicate your commitment to your community and to your environment. More informed customers, means reduced spread and introduction of invasive plants and more business for you as you promote non-invasive, alternative plants. 

Training Webinars
There are two training webinars that everyone can enjoy:

  1. PlantWise Industry Partnership Program: For Garden Centers, Growers, Suppliers, Landscape Architects and Specifiers
    This 20 minute webinar is an overview of the PlantWise program, what invasive plants are, their impacts to the horticulture industry, and Grow Me Instead resources.  
  2. Be PlantWise: Tools to encourage BC gardeners and businesses to choose non-invasive plants
    This 30 minute webinar provides industry with an overview of the PlantWise program, inforrmation about joining, and the functionality and practical use of the mobile application and PlantWise webpage.

Background
April 2013 marked the official kick off of the PlantWise Pilot Program with industry orientation sessions in Kelowna and Fraser Valley areas. These sessions were designed to orient participants to the program, relay the impact of invasive plants to BC communities, provide a snapshot of the resources participants can expect, and gain input and feedback to refine these resources. 

With plenty of support and positive feedback received from the original Pilot Program, PlantWise expanded to become province-wide in 2014. This involved building strategic partnerships with regional groups already engaged in invasive plant management and education/outreach actions across BC. In 2015, PlantWise is developing even further to embrace new partnerships as well as emphasize the industry component. Partners range from regional invasive species committees, to gardening and stewardship groups.

Thank you to our PlantWise Program Partners! Learn More

Read the PlantWise Consumer Program Report Summary (2014) 

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!