What is an invasive plant? An invasive plant is a non-native plant that infests natural areas and causes environmental or economic harm, or harm to human health.
Promoting native plants for Indiana landscapes
Did you know that an estimated 86% of invasive woody species—like Asian bush honeysuckle, privet, and burning bush—come from landscape plantings? Our Grow Native program promotes the use of native plants in landscaping instead of invasive plants.
Here’s how it works. The Grow Native program rewards businesses who sell native plants by providing marketing materials that highlight the native plants they sell. Look for the Grow Native logo in their shops.
Basic Members sell at least some native plants and carry this logo:
Of the roughly 2,900 plant species growing outside of cultivation in Indiana, about 33% are non-native, but only a small fraction of those non-native species are invasive.
Invasive plants degrade and destroy thousands of acres of our natural plant communities in Indiana. Each year millions of dollars are spent to control them.
Increasing the Supply of Native Plants
One powerful way to increase the supply of native plants in the nursery trade is to ask your retailer to stock them.
Show the manager our brochure Landscaping with Plants Native to Indiana and tell the manager about the Grow Native retail incentive program. If retailers become aware that customers are looking for native plants, they are more likely to stock them.