Reference Websites

CONTACT: Dr. Ruth Douglas or at 434-293-6538 for updates

Web Sites for Information on Virginia Invasive Plants

  1. Department of Conservation and Recreation, Natural Heritage Division – Virginia invasive species information, including news, invasive species lists, fact sheets.
  2. Voluntary codes of conduct for gardeners and others who can affect the spread of invasive plants. Missouri Botanical Garden.
  3. “Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas” covering 82 invasive species and showing native alternatives.
  4. “A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests” by James H. Miller, et al. Forest Service, Southern Research Station General.  Technical Report SRS-119, 2010. Request print copy at pubrequest@srs.fs.fed
  5. View on line Also “A Management Guide for Invasive Plants in Southern Forests by Miller et al. is available, Gen. Tech. Rpt. SRS 131.
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  6. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, Univ. of Georgia. Information, images, publications, maps.
  7. Information about invasive plants in the U.S., including fact sheets. Plant Conservation Alliance.

Web Sites for Information on Virginia Native Plants

  1. Virginia Native Plant Society – includes information on growing native plants and a list of nurseries in VA and nearby states that carry native plants not dug from the wild as well as other information.
  2. “Native Plants for Conservation, Restoration, and Landscaping” Division of Natural Heritage, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
    A useful publication, available at
  3. Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping, published by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners.
  4. Bringing Nature Home, by Doug Tallamy – Timber Press, Inc. 2010.
    Presents case for gardening with native plants to support habitats for native animals. Web site provides information about what natives to plant.
  5. Piedmont Virginia Native Plant Database – Multiple ways to search for plants in this interactive database.