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vert bar IN THE NEWS, Thursday 8 March 2012

Be Plant Wise Trail

The Be Plant Wise campaign is supported by the National Botanic Gardens, and was launched on Thursday the 8th March, 2012 by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The campaign highlights the actions gardeners can take to prevent aquatic plants in their ponds from getting into the wild.

There are also many other common garden plants which we should guard against escaping into the wild. We have highlighted 16 of these in the National Botanic Gardens as part of a trail to draw attention to the problems they cause.

Common Name Scientific name
American skunk cabbage Lysichiton americanus
Bamboo Sasa palmata
Cotoneaster Cotoneaster horizontalis and C. integrifolius
Curly waterweed Lagarosiphon major
Giant Rhubarb Gunnera tinctoria
Himalayan balsam Impatiens glandulifera
Hottentot Fig Carpobrotus edulis
Japanese Rose Rosa rugosa
New Zealand pigmyweed Crassula helmsii
Pheasant’s Tail Grass or New Zealand Wind Grass Anemanthele lessoniana (syn. Stipa arundinacea)
Pirri pirri bur Acaena novae- zealandica
Rhododendron Rhododendron ponticum
Salmonberry Rubus spectabilis
Sea Buckthorn Hippophae rhamnoides
Spanish Bluebell Hyacinthoides hispanica
Three cornered leek Allium triquetrum

All responsible gardeners should:

  • Compost with care – make sure you dispose of discarded plants properly; pond and fish tank water should be discarded away from streams, rivers, ponds or lakes;

  • Stop the spread – be careful not to introduce invasive species into the wild, even accidentally, as you could be breaking the law; and

  • Know what you grow – pick the right plants for your pond and manage them carefully. Choose non-invasive species where possible.

Further information on how to ‘Be Plant Wise’ can be found on the Invasive Species Ireland website at http://invasivespeciesireland.com/what-can-i-do/be-plant-wise/