PLANTS INVADE: Palm Beach County Sets Battle Plan

Feed Me, Seymour. (Scene from Little Shop of Horrors).

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BOCA RATON, FL ( — You never know what living in South Florida will bring next. According to Palm Beach County — in a brilliantly worded press release — the next fear to keep you up at night is plants that invade.

But don’t panic.

From Palm Beach County:

The public is invited to attend a free presentation, “Space Invaders:  Invasive Plants and How to Deal with Them” on Saturday, September 27, 9 a.m., at the Jupiter Farms Community Pavilion, 16655 Jupiter Farms Road.

Attendees will learn how to protect valuable native plants from harmful invasive plants that can easily take over yards, gardens, and properties. Invasive plants out-compete native trees and shrubs for light and water, wreak havoc on native bird and butterfly populations, and easily topple in hurricanes and tropical storms. Nine invasive plants are so harmful they have been prohibited in Palm Beach County.


The program will cover how to identify some of the worst invasive plants in our area with instructions on the best methods for removing and disposing of hard-to-manage plants such as Old World climbing fern (lygodium), air potato and Brazilian pepper.


Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures, but not plant material of plants for identification and removal recommendations. As a thank you for attending and in an effort to restore native plant canopy, attendees will receive a voucher for a free native tree or shrub from a participating nursery, while supplies last.


This presentation is offered by the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service through the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. It is part of the Preservation of Native Canopy Education Program funded by Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management.


What:        Space Invaders: Invasive Plants and How to Deal with Them

When:       Saturday, September 27     9 a.m.

Where:      Jupiter Farms Community Pavilion

16655 Jupiter Farms Road, Jupiter Farms


For more information, please contact Adrienne Deutsch, UF/IFAS Extension – Palm Beach County Environmental Horticulture program assistant at (561) 233-1790.


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