Invasive Weeds


Some state and federal agencies, backed by conservationists and environmental experts, have united against a deeply rooted threat in Alabama, exotic invasive plants, including kudzu. That’s the Chinese vine that has crept into southern forests and popular culture.

Auburn University weed scientist doctor David H. Teem, who serves on the newly formed Alabama Invasive Plant Council, said the plants don't bite or sting, but they devastate the landscape.

The council is drawing attention to the spread of invasive plants that they say cost millions for various agencies and landscapers to control and eradicate.

The council recently released its "ten worst invasive weeds" list and is developing a database to record the location and extent of invasive plants statewide.