• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

    Mississippi

    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Invasive Plants

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Invasive plant species are introduced species that live beyond their normal range and that have characteristics that are detrimental to their new location. These troublesome plants are adaptable, aggressive, have a high reproductive capacity, and generally lack natural enemies in their new location. These characteristics lead to outbreaks in which the invasive plant species may degrade or eliminate habitat for native species, both plant and animal.

Following are selected species of concern within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

Invasive Plant Species
Black Locust
Canada Thistle
Common Buckthorn
Exotic Bush Honeysuckle
Garlic Mustard
Purple Loosestrife
Reed Canary Grass
Siberian Elm
Smooth Brome Grass
Spotted Knapweed

Did You Know?

The mississippi river at night.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 50 cities rely on the Mississippi River for their daily water supply.