Invasive plants have made their way into our gardens, woodlands, wetlands, and open spaces with a history that goes back to the Pilgrims’ arrival on these shores. The early colonists brought plants and seeds for food and medicinal purposes, some of which eventually escaped cultivation into the wild. Later, especially during the 19th century, plant hunters and collectors brought newfound exotics into the nursery trade to cater to the growing desire for ornamental plants in designed landscapes. Unfortunately, some of these introduced plant species resulted in unintended and negative consequences.

Find out what invasive plants might be hiding in your yard in the Digital Edition of the Summer 2021 Issue of WellesleyWeston Magazine.