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Status of Invasive Plants in West Virginia

Total number of exotic species reported: 485

Total number of records in EDDMapS: 32623


Invasive Plants by Category

  • Aquatic - 15 species, 948 records
  • Conifer Trees - 2 species, 34 records
  • Forbs/Herbs - 282 species, 12246 records
  • Grass or Grasslike - 56 species, 3625 records
  • Hardwood Trees - 46 species, 2953 records
  • Shrub or Subshrub - 51 species, 4691 records
  • Vines - 32 species, 2933 records

Top Ten Abundant Invasive Plants (by number of reports)

  1. multiflora rose - 2037 reports
  2. tree-of-heaven - 1766 reports
  3. Japanese honeysuckle - 1220 reports
  4. autumn olive - 1202 reports
  5. common teasel - 933 reports
  6. Japanese stiltgrass - 867 reports
  7. ground ivy - 701 reports
  8. garlic mustard - 664 reports
  9. poison-hemlock - 507 reports
  10. johnsongrass - 501 reports

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

  1. tree-of-heaven - 55/55 (100%)
  2. garlic mustard - 55/55 (100%)
  3. common teasel - 55/55 (100%)
  4. autumn olive - 55/55 (100%)
  5. ground ivy - 55/55 (100%)
  6. Japanese stiltgrass - 55/55 (100%)
  7. multiflora rose - 55/55 (100%)
  8. Queen Anne's lace, wild carrot - 55/55 (100%)
  9. oxeye daisy - 55/55 (100%)
  10. coltsfoot - 55/55 (100%)

Counties with the most invasive species reported

  1. Monongalia County - 414 species
  2. Fayette County - 336 species
  3. Hampshire County - 318 species
  4. Kanawha County - 297 species
  5. Randolph County - 290 species
  6. Summers County - 287 species
  7. Grant County - 284 species
  8. Hardy County - 279 species
  9. Pocahontas County - 275 species
  10. Mineral County - 271 species

Counties with the least invasive species reported

  1. Boone County - 86 species
  2. Mingo County - 92 species
  3. Logan County - 97 species
  4. Lincoln County - 99 species
  5. Clay County - 106 species
  6. Pleasants County - 108 species
  7. Monroe County - 116 species
  8. Tyler County - 121 species
  9. Roane County - 130 species
  10. Putnam County - 132 species

Report created on September 1, 2015 at 08:21 PM by the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health using EDDMapS Technology and Data.