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Save $85 million With Alternatives to Invasive Species

Horticulture can address the serious and expensive problem of invasive plants.

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california precipitation landscape and solar solutions Real estate success is based on location, location, location. Plant species success is also based on location, location, location. Most of the plants used in gardens and landscaping do not invade or harm wildland or agricultural areas. But a few vigorous species can - and do - escape from cultivation into open landscapes and cause a variety of ecological problems. Protecting California
from invasive species
costs $85 million a year.

The horticultural community can address the serious and expensive problem of invasive plants. Landscapers, grounds and maintenance staff, and even gardeners have a real opportunity to protect California's natural resources, since more than half of invasive plants got their start in gardens and landscaping.

A plant's invasiveness is largely a matter of location and climate, so what is invasive in San Diego, might not be invasive in San Luis Obispo.

California is an ecologically diverse state. We have everything from vast mountain ranges to rich agricultural valleys to our beautiful coastline. Learn about invasive species in your region of California

The California horticulture industry contributes $20.4 billion to the economy and accounts for nearly 250,000 jobs. These 250,000 people can simultaneously serve their customers, protect the environment, and save Californians millions of dollars by stopping the spread of invasive plants.

PlantRight makes it easy to find out which plants are invasive in each part of California and which plants are better choices.

PlantRight is a voluntary, proactive program for the horticultural community to prevent invasive plant introductions through horticulture. PlantRight was designed by the steering committee of California Horticultural Invasives Prevention (Cal-HIP) partnership to communicate the need to transition away from invasive plants in the gardening and landscaping trade.


The Cal-HIP steering committee members include:

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