Invasive alien plants are causing havoc in our natural landscape, but gardeners can play a key part in stopping their spread.
That`s the view of Imperial College Wye which will be exhibiting at this year`s Chelsea Flower Show, opening 20 May. The College stand (LL23) will outline the threat caused by alien or non-native plants introduced intentionally from overseas, usually as garden plants. The main culprits - including rhododendron ponticum, giant hogweed and Japanese knotweed - are not only threatening native species, but causing human health problems such as skin rashes. These plants can also cost millions of pounds to control.
And invasive plants are not only a threat to the UK`s natural habitat. British species which have been transported overseas with disastrous consequences include gorse and broom in Australia and New Zealand and purple loosestrife in the United States.
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