Invasive species are non-native (or alien) species to a local ecosystem whose introduction causes economic loss, environmental damage or harm to human health. Invasive species grow and reproduce rapidly and establish over large areas, largely because they lack natural predators, competition and exposure to disease-causing agents from their home range.
As invasive species spread and take over ecosystems, they decrease biodiversity and threaten the survival of native plants and animals. In fact, invasive species are a significant threat to almost half of the native U.S. species currently listed as endangered.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center takes a multi-faceted approach to addressing invasive species, combining public outreach, research, monitoring, control and restoration.
The Wildflower Center has partnered with the Texas Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and many others to create and host this information hub for the State of Texas. This website partnership has allowed government agencies, non-profits, academia and conservation organizations to share best practices and share information directly with the public in one location.
Learn more about invasive species in Texas.
INVADERS OF TEXAS CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAMSince 2005, the Wildflower Center has trained volunteers to detect and report invasive species in their communities with this nationally recognized program. The program provides training and materials to 1,800-plus volunteers who find and report invasive species to a central database for the State of Texas.
Learn more about the Invaders of Texas Citizen Science Program.
CITY OF AUSTIN INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENTThe Wildflower Center assisted the City of Austin to develop the first municipal invasive species plan in Texas. The plan identifies invasive species present in Austin and outlines strategies to manage them on the city's 39,000 acres of land.
Learn more about the City’s Invasive Plant Management Plan.
TEXAS INVASIVE PLANT & PEST COUNCILThe Texas Invasive Plant & Pest Council (TIPPC) is comprised of stakeholders from government agencies, conservation organizations, academia, green industry and public to form one unified body in addressing the threat of invasive species. TIPPC seeks to promote understanding and awareness of invasive plant and pest impacts in Texas, to provide a forum for information exchange, and to support research and restoration activities that reduce impacts of invasive plants and pests in Texas.
Learn more about the Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council.
BE PLANTWISEThe Wildflower Center partners with several national organizations to educate the public about best practices to prevent harmful invasive plants from invading parklands and natural areas. The Be Plantwise partners offer 10 tips for homeowners to prevent introductions of invasive, manage a landscape in the presence of introduced species, and to use native plants (or non-native plants that are not invasive) as alternatives.
Learn how to Be PlantWise.
INVASIVE SPECIES RESEARCHThe Wildflower Center’s research encompasses many aspects of invasive plant biology and ecology, including the management of invasive species and landscape restoration. Wildflower Center studies have determined that seasonal fires can eliminate some invasive plants species while leaving native plants, flora and foliage intact. Studies have also found that some invasive species can be removed by sowing native seed mixes. Additionally, the Wildflower Center has conducted restoration re-vegetation studies to form native seed mix prescriptions.
Learn more about research at the Wildflower Center.