- Weed: A plant, regardless of nativity, which is growing somewhere we don't want it to grow. We often use the word weed to describe plants which invade agricultural fields or our landscaping.
- Invasive plant: To be considered invasive a plant must meet three criteria.
- It is non-native to the ecosystem where it is growing.
- It is able to not only escape cultivation but continues to expand it range.
- It's presence and population growth causes, or has the potential to cause harm to people, native plants, animals, and ecosystems.
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If you would like to help tackle the problem of invasive species in your area or just learn more about that problem, contact the invasive species working group in your area. You can report invasive plants in your area to EDDMapS (Early Detection & Distribution MAPping System). The Tools and Training page in EDDMapS has step-by-step instructions for creating an account and entering invasive plant sitings.