Pretty Nature Parks that Have Invasive Plants

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Where I live now, the area is very flat. But one thing about flat land, there is an abundance of wetlands. And wetlands in spring are just beautiful.

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What you are seeing in the first three images is the ponds filled with invasive waterlilies. As beautiful as they are, they are very bad for the water life habitat.

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The park below also battles invasive plants. I have pulled Mustard Weed at a local nature preserve, but cannot image tackling the Bird’s Nest Trefoil shown below.

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Can you imagine what a chore that would be? Again, very pretty in the fenced wildlife area, but not native.

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Next time in your local nature preserves, check out the invasive plants. It might astound you as to the number of them. In this changing, warming and drying climate, more and more plants are on the move and will show up places they were not found previously. Soon what was not native will be what will be.

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12 Responses to Pretty Nature Parks that Have Invasive Plants

  1. alesiablogs says:

    I was just at a park in Vancouver, BC and sure enough I noticed the invasive plants. Interesting enough you are talking about them in this post.

  2. aussiebirder says:

    Yes invasive plants are a problem especially when the lakes and ponds warm up. We get the poisonous blue-green algae growths which dominate the water surface and make it unsuitable for waterbirds or swimming. Is that yellow flowering plant weed ‘fire weed’ ? we get a weed like that in the country in paddocks and makes the animals sick and even die if they eat it, but it is hard to kill or even burn. It is almost impossible to get rid of it.

  3. One of the plagues of our modern era is that plants are able to travel as easily as people…We struggle terribly here with invasive species. Most of the year in Seattle there are work parties where you can volunteer to help clear this problem, and yes this is really hard work.

  4. I was surprised to learn Queen Anne’s lace isn’t a native plant.

  5. It’s all the result of our ingenious intervention, isn’t it? Hence we end up with a controversy… looking at such a beauty [the water lilies] and thinking that it is harmful.

  6. Lyle Krahn says:

    I suppose in one sense it’s surprising that the invasive plants haven’t taken over everything.

  7. bittster says:

    I try to give natives a hand but things will change and hopefully reach a new balance eventually. Things evolve, it all just happens so much faster when man tinkers and tampers.
    The things which make me really sad are the blights and fungus which just wipe away entire species.

  8. Are there native water lilies? Or non-invasive exotics? Just curious because the ponds at the Montreal Botanical Garden were just full of them.

  9. It is sad how many invasives are in parks and around us….just read your latest….keeping good thoughts for you and your travels.

  10. Jo says:

    Is there a way to get rid of water lilies? I don’t have near as many, nor variety, of ducks since the lilies have taken over.

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