Of the 536 species of plants at the park, 151 of them are non-native.
Invasive plants are non-native plants whose growth habits are highly threatening to native plant life. Invasive plants lower ecosystem biodiversity by monopolizing soil nutrients, water, and changing habitat types.
Some of the most aggressive, and notable invasive species in the park include Phyllostachys aurea (Golden bamboo), Elaeagnus umbellata (Autumn olive), Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle—right), Rosa multiflora (Multiflora rose), Ligustrum spp. (Privet), and Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stiltgrass).
Did You Know?
The Battle of Cowpens was named for a pasturing area for cattle - an open area where cattle were driven.