Many plant species have been introduced to Florida from countries around the world by past and recent settlers and visitors. They were brought here for a wide variety of reasons and planted in great numbers. These introduced species spread rapidly, in part, because they have not evolved here and have no natural predators or diseases to keep their growth in check. This advantage allows them to outcompete and displace native plants. Eventually they may, and often do, take over entire ecosystems, greatly reducing plant, and, in-turn, animal and habitat diversity. Help release the grip these plants have on our native communities! Help restore the diversity and health of Everglades’s ecosystems by assisting in the removal of introduced, invasive, plant species.