Members of the MoIP have gathered resources, tools and guides that currently help identify, assess and manage invasive and exotic plant species.
The Missouri Invasive Plant (MoIP) task force is housed and administered by Grow Native!, a native plant education and marketing program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Grow Native! helps protect and restore biodiversity by increasing conservation awareness of native plants and their effective use in urban, suburban, and rural developed landscapes. Through collaboration with consumers, private industry, non-profit organizations, and government agencies, Grow Native! aims to significantly increase the demand and use of native plants in the lower Midwest—Missouri, southern Illinois, eastern Kansas, and northern Arkansas.
Relevant Grow Native! resources include:
- Alternative Species: excellent native alternatives to popular ornamental plants
- Native Plant Database: hundreds of native Midwest plants with details on growing habits, gardening needs, wildlife benefits and much more
- Resource Guide: listing Grow Native! Professional Members that provide a variety of products, such as native seeds and plants, and services, including: landscape architecture, design, and land care; arborists or forest managers; and wildlife habitat and ecological services. Others provide educational services or are institutions that support Grow Native!
Midwest Alternatives to Invasive Plants
- Invasive Plants in Gardens and Landscapes from the Midwest Invasive Plant Network
A dozen invasive landscape plants that are still readily available for sale (where not prohibited by state law), along with the problems caused by each, and a native alternative suggestion.
- Landscape Alternatives from the Woody Invasives of the Great Lakes Collaborative
The WIGL Collaboratives’ suggested landscape alternatives are part of our focal species profiles and appear via the Landscape Alternatives app, free for iOS and Android!
- Healthy Hedges from the Chicago Region Trees Initiative
Ready to clear and replace the invasive woody plants from your yard? Check out the resources below to help you on your journey to a healthier year!
Other Native Plant Resources
Many agencies provide native plant information and services. Here is a selection:
- USDA PLANTS Database: The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.
- NatiVeg: A tool to aid land managers in choosing the proper native vegetation to plant at a specific location for a specific purpose from the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative.