Gardens Gone Bad: Are You Growing One Of The World's Most Invasive Species?

It's purple, it's beautiful, and it has now reached every single state in the country except for Florida. It's purple loosestrife, ranking it at number 50 on the Global Invasive Species Database's list of most invasive alien species in the world. While many states have outlawed the sale and planting of this noxious weed, it can still be purchased online from states that have yet to do so. Also, its availability makes it a favorite mix-in for wildflower seed packets in states where it's legal, so you may have bought and spread this problem-plant around your property without even realizing it.