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Invasive plants in your garden

Last edited: Sep 6, 2022, 4:33 PM

Controlling invasive plants in your garden

Some invasive non-native plants have additional controls around their disposal. Find out how to treat and dispose of Japanese knotweed.

If you have an invasive plant in your garden that you want to control or remove, the following links provide useful information you should check before you do so:

Read more on legislation relating to non-native species.

Restrictions on non-native plants

It is illegal to plant or otherwise cause to grow in the wild any plants listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (external link). In Scotland it is an offence to allow any non-native plant to grow in the wild.

You may wish to avoid growing these species in your garden as they can be difficult to manage. Find suggestions for alternative plants.

Restrictions also apply to 36 plant Species of Special Concern. Read more on these restrictions and how they affect you.

Other plants which are known to be a problem for gardeners

The following non-native plants are other examples of species (not listed above) that are known to be invasive and may be difficult to manage.

If you have any of these plants in your garden or pond, remember to prevent them from spreading into the wild and dispose of them responsibly.

  • All species of the genus Petasites
  • Bear's breech, Acanthus mollis
  • Large flowered waterweed, Egeria densa
  • Pheasant's tail grass, Anemanthele lessoniana

You can also find out which plants other gardeners have reported as invasive through the Plant Alert project (external link).