Invasive Species

This page provides information on invasive plants, with an emphasis on the greater St. Louis region, providing information for why invasive plants are a concern and how you can help to address the problem. The initial content focuses extensively on bush honeysuckle, one of the worst invasive species in our region. This page will be updated regularly with current news and additional resources for invasive plants in our region.

Invasive Plants 101

Why Should You Care?

What Can You Do To Help?

Learn to identify invasive plant species in our region and how to distinguish them from any native species that are similar in appearance.

Avoid using invasive plants in your garden. Until you are able to get rid of invasive plants in your yard, be responsible and remember to remove and destroy seeds of invasive plants to prevent their dispersal into natural areas. Don’t share invasives with other gardeners.  Ask your local nursery not to sell invasive plants and to provide native alternatives.

Don’t plant invasive plants for wildlife. Native species provide much better food and cover for native wildlife.

Volunteer to help remove invasive species in local parks and natural areas.

Pass it on! Tell your friends and family about the threat from invasive species. 

Invasive Species in the St. Louis Region