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Status of Invasive Plants in South Carolina

Total number of exotic species reported: 411

Total number of records in EDDMapS: 24123


Invasive Plants by Category

  • Aquatic - 14 species, 287 records
  • Conifer Trees - 1 species, 1 records
  • Ferns - 1 species, 6 records
  • Forbs/Herbs - 205 species, 4668 records
  • Grass or Grasslike - 73 species, 2353 records
  • Hardwood Trees - 23 species, 1090 records
  • Shrub or Subshrub - 55 species, 4813 records
  • Vines - 38 species, 6608 records

Top Ten Abundant Invasive Plants (by number of reports)

  1. Japanese honeysuckle - 5520 reports
  2. privet - 2116 reports
  3. sericea lespedeza - 1075 reports
  4. Japanese stiltgrass - 344 reports
  5. shrubby lespedeza - 326 reports
  6. beach vitex - 245 reports
  7. chinaberry - 240 reports
  8. mimosa - 201 reports
  9. Chinese tallowtree - 179 reports
  10. kudzu - 169 reports

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

  1. Japanese honeysuckle - 46/46 (100%)
  2. bush honeysuckles (exotic) - 46/46 (100%)
  3. chinaberry - 46/46 (100%)
  4. common chickweed - 46/46 (100%)
  5. common vetch - 46/46 (100%)
  6. privet - 46/46 (100%)
  7. sericea lespedeza - 45/46 (98%)
  8. large crabgrass - 45/46 (98%)
  9. goosegrass - 45/46 (98%)
  10. dallisgrass - 45/46 (98%)

Counties with the most invasive species reported

  1. Richland County - 257 species
  2. Spartanburg County - 251 species
  3. Aiken County - 242 species
  4. Charleston County - 240 species
  5. Pickens County - 236 species
  6. Greenville County - 233 species
  7. Berkeley County - 215 species
  8. Cherokee County - 215 species
  9. Newberry County - 213 species
  10. York County - 213 species

Counties with the least invasive species reported

  1. Marlboro County - 113 species
  2. Lee County - 123 species
  3. Allendale County - 125 species
  4. Bamberg County - 127 species
  5. Hampton County - 131 species
  6. Dillon County - 131 species
  7. Dorchester County - 131 species
  8. Marion County - 132 species
  9. Edgefield County - 142 species
  10. McCormick County - 143 species

Report created on October 25, 2014 at 03:36 PM by the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health using EDDMapS Technology and Data.