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Status of Invasive Plants in Kentucky

Total number of exotic species reported: 498

Total number of records in EDDMapS: 37301


Invasive Plants by Category

  • Aquatic - 18 species, 509 records
  • Conifer Trees - 2 species, 5 records
  • Forbs/Herbs - 258 species, 9546 records
  • Grass or Grasslike - 75 species, 5703 records
  • Hardwood Trees - 43 species, 1567 records
  • Shrub or Subshrub - 59 species, 3454 records
  • Vines - 38 species, 7396 records

Top Ten Abundant Invasive Plants (by number of reports)

  1. Japanese honeysuckle - 5991 reports
  2. tall fescue - 1862 reports
  3. bush honeysuckles (exotic) - 1461 reports
  4. Japanese stiltgrass - 1127 reports
  5. tree-of-heaven - 675 reports
  6. sericea lespedeza - 425 reports
  7. garlic mustard - 342 reports
  8. autumn olive - 307 reports
  9. multiflora rose - 248 reports
  10. winter creeper - 235 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 - 89/120 (74%)
  6. sericea lespedeza - 85/120 (71%)
  7. yellow sweet-clover - 85/120 (71%)
  8. red clover - 84/120 (70%)
  9. oxeye daisy - 79/120 (66%)
  10. Queen Anne's lace, wild carrot - 77/120 (64%)

Counties with the most invasive species reported

  1. Jefferson County - 366 species
  2. Fayette County - 340 species
  3. Madison County - 292 species
  4. Campbell County - 282 species
  5. Kenton County - 235 species
  6. Oldham County - 233 species
  7. Rowan County - 232 species
  8. Calloway County - 221 species
  9. Hickman County - 214 species
  10. Warren County - 203 species

Counties with the least invasive species reported

  1. Hancock County - 25 species
  2. Owsley County - 25 species
  3. Webster County - 26 species
  4. Green County - 28 species
  5. Cumberland County - 28 species
  6. Monroe County - 30 species
  7. Simpson County - 31 species
  8. Taylor County - 33 species
  9. Knott County - 34 species
  10. Larue County - 37 species

Report created on September 3, 2015 at 01:13 PM by the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health using EDDMapS Technology and Data.