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Survey volunteer with pampas grass

Where invasive plants are sold in California — and how we know

October 7, 2016

This past spring, they were all over California. With clipboards, cameras, and data sheets in hand, they were searching at a nursery or garden center near you — for invasive plants. The nursery survey is how we measure what is happening in California’s retail nursery industry, and none of it would happen without our survey volunteers. This…Read more

Julia Morgan Building at the UC Botanic Garden at Berkeley

The Fellowship of the Plants

August 12, 2016

On a chilly, foggy morning, typical for summer in the Bay Area, we prepared for our annual Steering Committee meeting in cozy Julia Morgan Hall at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, surrounded by trees and plants from all over the world. As the meeting’s start time approached, members of a group almost as diverse as…Read more

Highway iceplant (Carpobrotus edulis) close up flowers

Little Less Conversation, Little More Action

February 21, 2016

By Jan Merryweather I saw Elvis today. Really! He’s quite the regular at Sustainable Conservation’s San Francisco headquarters these days. More than a titan among musical icons “The King” has become a muse to the PlantRight team, especially this National Invasive Species Awareness Week. We love Elvis’ A Little Less Conversation because it might as…Read more

Pampas grass

Plant experts hope for a drought of invasives in ‘water-wise’ yards

July 3, 2015

Many Californians appear to be taking up Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for the removal of 50 million square feet of lawn energetically and enthusiastically. But all that energy may be misplaced: As homeowners and businesses seek out drought-tolerant, low-water plants at local nurseries and big-box garden departments, they may unwittingly be picking up invasive plants…Read more

Mexican feathergrass (Stipa/Nassella tenuissima)

Seeds: PlantRight tries to stop escaped thugs

June 26, 2015

They’re usually gorgeous; that’s the start of the problem. They grow easily and often freely, propagating offspring effortlessly. With a little water and time, they really do take over. And that’s when a beautiful ornamental plant becomes an invasive thug… Read the full article by Debbie Arrington in The Sacramento Bee Home & Garden section…Read more

PlantRight, Home Depot Team Up to Stem Sale of Invasive Plants

May 4, 2015

We’re excited to announce that PlantRight has secured key corporate commitments in promoting safe, non-invasive plants to benefit the state’s environment and people. Topping the list of industry partners are more than 200 The Home Depot stores in California. Using PlantRight’s invasive-plant list as a guide, The Home Depot will begin the process of phasing…Read more

Don’t Be Fooled by Unwise Water-Wise Plant Choices

April 21, 2015

California’s drought crisis is driving low-water landscaping: lawns are coming out, xeriscaping is going in. Fortunately, water agencies, nurseries, garden media and our friends at Save Our Water are all promoting drought-tolerant plant lists to guide purchasing decisions and reduce water usage. Unfortunately, in this rush for water conservation, invasive plants are creeping onto some…Read more

Don’t Grow Crazy — An Update on California’s PlantRight Program

April 1, 2015

Choosing the right plant for the right place is a key element in protecting California’s rich natural ecosystems. When used appropriately, plants offer us nourishment, beauty, sanctuary, and habitat; but some plants may have adverse environmental consequences. Read the full article in the latest University of California Integrated Pest Management (UC IPM) Retail Nursery &…Read more

The Development of a Plant Risk Evaluation (PRE) Tool for Assessing the Invasive Potential of Ornamental Plants

March 24, 2015

Weed Risk Assessment (WRA) methods for evaluating invasiveness in plants have evolved rapidly in the last two decades. Many WRA tools exist, but none were specifically designed to screen ornamental plants prior to being released into the environment. To be accepted as a tool to evaluate ornamental plants for the nursery industry, it is critical…Read more

PlantRight releases 2015 Plant List

January 10, 2015

For the second year in a row, PlantRight has updated its list of suggested alternatives to horticultural invasive plants. This year-long process helps PlantRight focus its efforts on the highest priority invasives still for sale in the nursery trade. PlantRight wants to thank the many individuals who participated in the updating of this list by…Read more

Avoiding Invasive Plants

September 15, 2014

By Joan Morris You may have weeds and other plants that you consider invaders in your garden, but there are some ornamental plants that are far worse. Jan Merryweather with PlantRight, a San Francisco-based nonprofit group that works with retailers to prevent invasive plants from making their way into our yards, says about half of…Read more

Beautiful Invaders

August 14, 2014

By Stacy Trevenon Over the five years her son was a student at California Polytechnic State University, biologist Cindy Roessler made trips from the Bay Area to visit him. Looking from her car window on those drives, she noticed something growing along the highway, and, as those years passed, she spotted more and more of…Read more