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Pest Plants of Tennessee

If you have any of the following plants, please report them to the TN-IPC

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Please do not let anyone put these in your yard.

The plants listed below are recognized by the State of Tennessee as pest plants and planting, growing, propogating, and distribution are considered illegal according to T.C.A.§43-6-104 subsection 0080-06-24-.02


Scientific Name-Lythrum salicaria, Lythrum virgatum and related cultivars 

Common Name- Purple Loosestrife

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Scientific Name- Solanum viarum Common Name- Tropical Soda Apple

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Scientific Name- Ligustrum sinense Common Name- Chinese privet

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Scientific Name-Ligustrum vulgare, 

Common Name-European Privet

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Scientific Name- Imperata cylindrica, Common Name- Cogongrass

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Scientific Name- Lonicera maackii, Common Name- Shrub honeysuckle, Amur honeysuckle

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Scientific Name- Lonicera morrowii, Common Name- Morrows bush honeysuckle, Morrow’s honeysuckle

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Scientific Name- Lonicera x bella, Common Name- Bell's honeysuckle 

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Scientific Name- Rosa multiflora, Common Name- Multiflora rose 

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Scientific Name- Elaeagnus umbellata 

Common Name- Autumn olive  

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Scientific Name- Elaeagnus pungens Common Name- Thorny olive 

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Scientific Name- Salvinia molesta Common Name- Giant Salvinia 

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Scientific Name- Commelina benghalensis 

Common Name- Tropical Spiderwort  

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The plants below are not considered pest plants, however, they are becoming invasive in Tennessee. 

Severe Threat Possess invasive characteristics; spread easily in native plant communities and displace native vegetation

Significant Threat Posses invasive characteristics; not presently considered to spread as easily into native plant communities as Severe Threat

Lesser Threat Spread in or near disturbed areas; not presently considered a threat to native plant communities

Alert Possess invasive characteristics; known to be invasive in similar habitats as those found in Tennessee up your content into different blocks to keep your page interesting.


The Plants listed below are a Significant Threat

Garlic Mustard 

Field Garlic

Alligatorweed

Small Carpetgrass

Giant Reed

Japanese Barberry 

Paper mulberry

Thistle

Knapweed

Lovegrass

Ground Ivy (english)


The Plants listed below are a Severe Threat.

Tree of Heaven

Mimose

Sessile Joyweed

Cheat Grass

Bittersweet

Cinnamon Vine

Autumn Olive

Hydrilla

Goatweed

Congongrass

Korean Clover

Lespedeza

Nepalgrass

Fleeceflower

Kudzu

Itchgrass

Johnson Grass