The Ontario Invasive plant council has a campaign against invasive plant species called the “Grow Me Instead” campaign. It is designed to be a guide for identifying invasive plant species and gives individuals native alternatives. Here are two examples from the booklet:
Trees and Shrub, Norway maple (Acer platanoides)
- dense medium size trees that are able to tolerate urban conditions.
- already exist in some parks and ravines as pure strains.
- dense coverage is a canopy which does not allow sufficient sunlight to reach the ground inhibiting other plant life such as shrubs and ground cover to grow.
Aquatic plants, Fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana)
- a sub-tropic and temperate region plant of South America.
- very popular in aquariums and easily available for purchase.
- flourishes in slow flowing streams, ponds, small rivers and lakes
- displaces native vegetation and clogs canals and streams diminishes their drainage capacity.
For the complete booklet and a link to the council’s website, click below.