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Home Gardeners

Easy Steps to Planting Right:

  1. Don't plant invasives;
  2. Buy beautiful non-invasive alternatives, making sure water-wise plants are truly wise and non-invasive choices;
  3. Spread the word and share PlantRight's materials.

Invasives Where You Live

tiny map of california linked to map page Choose your region from our map page to see which plants to avoid and which are safe – and beautiful – for your community. You can also browse our complete list of invasive plants.

Your Beautiful Garden

Path through an attractive garden

There are thousands of gorgeous non-invasive plants to meet your gardening needs! Find the perfect match for your landscape without sacrificing bright color, good shape or hardiness. Ask your local nursery professional to suggest non-invasive plants that will flourish in your garden.

Visit the "Testimonials" page to find businesses in your area that have made a commitment to prevent invasive plant introductions.

Great for Our Environment

A hummingbird with some Salvia

Every smart gardening choice makes a real difference to wildlife in California. You can protect native plants and the animals that rely on them by growing beautiful non-invasive landscapes.

Many non-invasive plants offer additional benefits, like lower water consumption, fewer fertilizer requirements and attracting wildlife. If you live in a fire zone, planting non-invasive, fire-safe plants can help protect your home and property from the dangers of wildfire.


The Voluntary Codes of Conduct

The PlantRight™ campaign effort is not alone - our simple steps to prevent the spread of invasive plants are based on a national set of voluntary actions.

In December 2001, experts from across the globe met at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, Missouri to explore and develop workable voluntary approaches for reducing the introduction and spread of non-native invasive plants, which are serious threats to protecting biodiversity and ecosystems in the United States and other countries.

This landmark three-day gathering yielded the Saint Louis Declaration, including Voluntary Codes of Conduct that help govern decisions made by commercial, professional and government groups whose actions affect the spread of invasive plant species. There are voluntary actions for government agencies, nursery professionals, the gardening public, landscape architects and botanic gardens and arboreta.

You can join businesses, trade organizations, and individuals from around the country in confronting invasive plants by endorsing these Voluntary Codes of Conduct. Please visit the Center for Plant Conservation website to learn more and to sign up as an active supporter of preventing invasive plant introductions!