BARC Will Distribute Invasive Plant Species Info

Oriental Bittersweet, an invasive most visible during the autumn.  Image (c) WQED.org
Oriental Bittersweet, an invasive most visible during the autumn. Image (c) WQED.org

By Kim Siebert MacPhail

In an effort to help residents with the identification of invasive plants, Bedford’s Arbor Resource Committee (BARC) plans to distribute a brochure from the New England Wildflower Society that provides photographs of prohibited species identified by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). The brochure will be available following coordination with Conservation Director Elizabeth Bagdonas and the information will be added to the Committee’s website www.bedfordarbor.org

The short list of invasives most commonly found in Bedford includes six plants/shrubs –multiflora rosa, oriental bittersweet, glossy buckthorn, Japanese barberry, purple loosestrife, burning bush— and the Norway maple tree.

A photo gallery of invasives can be found at the New England Wildflower website: https://www.newenglandwild.org/conserve/controlling-invasives/photo-gallery-invasives

For the full list of Massachusetts invasives, visit the MDAR website: https://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/farm-products/plants/massachusetts-prohibited-plant-list.html


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