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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 »

Flowering Rush

Butomus umbellatus

Flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus) is a beautiful aquatic perennial resembling a large sedge. This delicate-almond scented plant can be found along shore lines of lakes or rivers. As an invasive species, this plant creates dense stands which can be harmful to native flora and fauna.

Within Canada, this species has been classified as one of five invasive plants that have had a major ecological impact on natural ecosystems. Although it has only been sighted in one location of BC, flowering rush has caused significant damage in the Great Lakes.

Flowering rush is typically hard to identify due to its similar appearance of several native aquatic species, it can be easier to identify once the small pink flowers of this species have bloomed. The stem can reach approximately 3 feet in height and holds an umbrella shaped array of pinkish white pedaled flowers.

Like other aquatic invasive species, the spread of flowering rush is partly due to its popularity in aquatic gardens, and has now been introduced to natural water bodies. Once established, it spreads with underground plant stems and roots, as well as animals.

Currently flowering rush is not heavily impacting BC; preventing the spread of this plant is the only way to ensure it won’t in the future. Always ‘Clean, Drain, Dry’ boats and equipment before leaving a water body, take extra caution when transferring boat or equipment from one province to another. Be ‘PlantWise’ and choose an alternative non-invasive species when planting a garden. 

Gallery: Flowering Rush