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INVASIVE : Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria, Lythrum virgatum) (Credit: National Park Service photo)

INVASIVE : Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria, Lythrum virgatum)

Native alternatives to invasive plants

New York State has outlawed nonnative plants. To help fill the gaps in your garden, here are some native alternatives to common invasive plants, as suggested by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. -- By Jessica Damiano

INVASIVE : Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria, Lythrum virgatum)
(Credit: National Park Service photo)

INVASIVE : Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria, Lythrum virgatum)

NATIVE ALTERNATIVES (to purple loosestrife): Anise hyssop (Agastache
(Credit: Associated Press)

NATIVE ALTERNATIVES (to purple loosestrife): Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum), pictured; fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium); or gayfeather (Liatris pycnostachya).

INVASIVE: Dame's rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
(Credit: Perennials.com)

INVASIVE: Dame's rocket (Hesperis matronalis)

NATIVE ALTERNATIVE (to dame's rocket): Carolina phlox (Phlox
(Credit: National Park Service photo)

NATIVE ALTERNATIVE (to dame's rocket): Carolina phlox (Phlox Carolina)

INVASIVE: Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
(Credit: Missouri Botanical Garden PlantFinder)

INVASIVE: Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

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NATIVE ALTERNATIVE (to ox-eye daisy): Blackfoot daisy (Melampodium
(Credit: Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org, see caption)

NATIVE ALTERNATIVE (to ox-eye daisy): Blackfoot daisy (Melampodium leucanthum)

INVASIVE: Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota)
(Credit: Missouri Botanical Garden PlantFinder)

INVASIVE: Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota)

NATIVE ALTERNATIVE : (to Queen Anne's lace): Hairy
(Credit: Missouri Botanical Garden PlantFinder)

NATIVE ALTERNATIVE : (to Queen Anne's lace): Hairy angelica (Angelica venenosa) For more suggestions, including alternatives for invasive trees, shrubs and vines, order a copy of Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (Brooklyn Botanic Garden / $8.95) at bbg.org .

INVASIVE: Crown vetch (Coronilla varia)
(Credit: Newsday / Dick Kraus)

INVASIVE: Crown vetch (Coronilla varia)

NATIVE ALTERNATIVE (to crown vetch): Spreading dogband (Apocynum
(Credit: National Park Service)

NATIVE ALTERNATIVE (to crown vetch): Spreading dogband (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

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INVASIVE : Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) and Chinese
(Credit: National Park Service photo, National Park Service photo)

INVASIVE : Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) and Chinese wisteria (W. sinensis)

NATIVE ALTERNATIVE (to Japanese wisteria): American wisteria (wisteria
(Credit: Missouri Botanical Garden PlantFinder)

NATIVE ALTERNATIVE (to Japanese wisteria): American wisteria (wisteria frutescens (macrostachya)