Status of Invasive Plants in Kentucky

Total number of exotic species reported: 499

Total number of records in EDDMapS: 35816


Invasive Plants by Category

  • Aquatic - 17 species, 457 records
  • Conifer Trees - 2 species, 5 records
  • Forbs/Herbs - 255 species, 9211 records
  • Grass or Grasslike - 70 species, 5497 records
  • Hardwood Trees - 42 species, 1445 records
  • Shrub or Subshrub - 59 species, 3268 records
  • Vines - 39 species, 7247 records

Top Ten Abundant Invasive Plants (by number of reports)

  1. Japanese honeysuckle - 5941 reports
  2. tall fescue - 1847 reports
  3. bush honeysuckles (exotic) - 1461 reports
  4. Japanese stiltgrass - 1116 reports
  5. tree-of-heaven - 618 reports
  6. sericea lespedeza - 400 reports
  7. garlic mustard - 316 reports
  8. autumn olive - 274 reports
  9. winter creeper - 229 reports
  10. winged burning bush - 201 reports

Top Ten Widespread Invasive Plants (by number of positive counties)

  1. Japanese honeysuckle - 119/120 (99%)
  2. tall fescue - 118/120 (98%)
  3. Japanese stiltgrass - 116/120 (97%)
  4. bush honeysuckles (exotic) - 115/120 (96%)
  5. tree-of-heaven - 88/120 (73%)
  6. yellow sweet-clover - 85/120 (71%)
  7. red clover - 84/120 (70%)
  8. sericea lespedeza - 83/120 (69%)
  9. oxeye daisy - 79/120 (66%)
  10. Queen Anne's lace, wild carrot - 76/120 (63%)

Counties with the most invasive species reported

  1. Jefferson County - 360 species
  2. Fayette County - 338 species
  3. Madison County - 290 species
  4. Campbell County - 279 species
  5. Kenton County - 233 species
  6. Oldham County - 231 species
  7. Rowan County - 228 species
  8. Calloway County - 218 species
  9. Hickman County - 213 species
  10. Warren County - 200 species

Counties with the least invasive species reported

  1. Hancock County - 19 species
  2. Owsley County - 20 species
  3. Taylor County - 21 species
  4. Green County - 23 species
  5. Webster County - 23 species
  6. Cumberland County - 25 species
  7. Knott County - 26 species
  8. Monroe County - 27 species
  9. Simpson County - 28 species
  10. Clinton County - 34 species

Report created on April 19, 2014 at 10:51 AM by the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health using EDDMapS Technology and Data.



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