California Department of Fish and Wildlife
ivy groundcover in a garden

Hedera helix photo by Jeb Bjerke (cc)

Don't Plant Me!

Please don't buy or plant these species. They may escape our fences, invade our natural areas, and degrade our environment. CDFW will periodically add new pages below to highlight other species to avoid. Select a species below for more information and a great alternative to plant in your garden. Please reference the California Invasive Plant Council’s Invasive Plant Inventory Database for a complete list of invasive plants in California.

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