These are beautiful plants. But don’t grow them. Destroy ones you have in your yard. They spread rapidly, crowding out native and beneficial species. Once established, invasive species are extremely hard to get rid of. Some creep in slowly, but gradually gain momentum, replacing native flora. Others are extremely aggressive. Phragmites (a type of reed) can transform a healthy, productive cattail marsh into a monoculture nightmare in a very short period of time. A habitat which once offered plentiful and varied food sources, nesting sites, and good hiding places has gradually turned into a barren wasteland for both plants and wildlife. Some invasive species are vines (which can strangle trees to death), or shrubs (again, able to create a nutrient deprived habitat). For more photographs of invasive species, click the Gallery tab on the home page.
Field Guide to the Seasons tells you what’s going on in nature throughout the year. To find out how, go to the Book tab on the home page.