I received an e-mail recently asking where to look on-line for assistance in identifying native plants, shrubs and trees. Then she went on to say she had “tons of Garlic Mustard, Dame’s Rocket & Buckthorn (she’s) been working on.” I can certainly understand where the writer is coming from — been there, done/do that.
I referred the writer to my earlier post on Identifying Native Prairie Plant Seedlings, but I also referred her to Wisconsin’s noxious weed list NR 40 and to the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin. All are great resources.
Most of the states in America have some form of noxious weed list and many also have lists for native plants, trees and shrubs found locally. Look for keywords NRCS, agriculture, soils and conservation, natural resources, fish and wildlife, and forestry along with your state’s name and either native plants, trees or shrubs and invasive weeds. Your search should provide you with all kinds of resources.