Native plantings.

Native plantings.

Early spring in 2014.
Image by Mina Vescera, CCE Suffolk County

Early spring in 2014.

Native friendly gardening spring 2014.
Image by Mina Vescera, CCE Suffolk County

Native friendly gardening spring 2014.

Alternatives to Ornamental Invasive Plants


Long Island is one of the many locations throughout the US that has taken progressive steps towards improving the environment by reducing the spread of invasive plants. Invasive plants have damaged Long Island's unique woodlands by replacing native flora, and in turn, negatively impacting wildlife and natural ecosystem processes. Invasive species are among the top causes of biodiversity loss across the globe.

You can be part of the solution by growing and planting alternatives to ornamental invasive plants! The Nursery & Landscape Program along with key stakeholders have developed a list of alternative plants for Long Island. These plants were selected based upon their similar ornamental characteristics and cultural requirements compared to the invasives. Alternative plants may be native or non-native, but are not invasive. Alternative plants are well-adapted to Long Island, and many are readily available at Long Island nurseries. You can help make the future of Long Island greener by growing these "native-friendly" plants!

The Nursery and Landscape Program has also planted a Native-Friendly Demonstration Garden that you can come visit! The Native-Friendly Garden is located at the Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center, 3059 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY.


Native friendly gardening is great for our local environment.

Contact

Mina Vescera
Nursery and Landscape Specialist
mv365@cornell.edu
631-727-7850 x 213

Last updated March 29, 2017