Invasive Species

Phragmites growing along the Platte River in Nebraska

Nebraska Invasive Weed: Phragmites

June 8, 2020
The non-native species originated in Europe and was introduced into the United States along the east coast in the early 19th century. Today, non-native phragmites can be found over much of North America.

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invasive musk thistle

Nebraska Invasive Weed: Musk Thistle

May 20, 2020
Musk thistle is a non-native biennial forb but can behave occasionally as an annual. It reproduces/spreads from seed and is a prolific seed producer.

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field bindweed

Nebraska Invasive Weed: Field Bindweed

May 4, 2020
Field bindweed is also known as small bindweed, European bindweed, and Creeping Jenny Management and control of field bindweed is difficult due to its extensive root system and long life of the seeds. Depleting the root reserves of the plant and reducing sprouting is key to successful management.

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Canada thistle plant

Nebraska Invasive Weed: Canada Thistle

April 22, 2020
Canada thistle is a designated noxious weed under the Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s Noxious Weed Program. Prevention is the best and cheapest management option.

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Scotch thistle in a pasture

Invasive Scotch Thistle Weed has Staying Power

April 11, 2019
Scotch thistle, which can now be found throughout much of North America, is an invasive weed from Eurasia threatening areas along rivers in western Nebraska. Early control efforts are essential to management.

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Common mullein
Figure 1. Stand of common mullein. (All photos by Gary Stone)

Common Mullein, an Invasive Weed on Nebraska’s Horizon

June 4, 2018
Common mullein is an invasive weed threatening western Nebraska land use. Here's what you need to know to be on your guard as prevention and early control are the best and the cheapest management options.

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Figure 1. Sulphur cinquefoil flower (Photos by Gary Stone)
Figure 1. Sulphur cinquefoil flower (Photos by Gary Stone)

Sulphur Cinquefoil — An Invasive Species in Nebraska

March 16, 2018
Sulphur cinquefoil is a perennial forb and aggressive invasive species that establishes quickly in disturbed areas and over-grazed sites. Prevention and, if necessary, timely identification and management are the best routes to containing this invader.

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Absinth wormwood leaf
Figure 1. Absinth wormwood leaf (Photo by Kristi Paul)

Absinth Wormwood - New Invasive Species in Nebraska Panhandle

May 17, 2017
An invasive species, absinth wormwood will establish quickly in disturbed areas and over-grazed sites and can out-compete desirable forbs and grasses in pastures and rangeland, reducing biodiversity.

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