Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Committee bans five plant species, tables three
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Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Committee bans five plant species, tables three

Brazilian water weed, Water soldier, Parrot feather, Yellow floating heart and Wild parsnip are all currently banned by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Per a release from the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association, the Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Committee (CPNWC) of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) banned the distribution, cultivation or propagation of five species of plants at its Oct. 24 meeting. The meeting took place at in Room 309 at the PDA headquarters building at 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg. PLNA was represented on the CPNWC by PLNA alternate Gregg Robertson, as PLNA's regular CPNWC member Tom Tilley of Tilley’s Nursery in Coppersburg was unable to attend.

The species banned were:

  • Brazilian water weed (Egeria densa)
  • Water soldier (Stratiotes aloides)
  • Parrot feather (Stratiotes aloides)
  • Yellow floating heart (Nymphoides peltata)
  • Wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) (except for non-wild cultivated varieties)

The three species that were tabled were:

  • Golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea)
  • Yellow groove bamboo (Phyllostachys aureosulcata)
  • Giant timber bamboo (Phyllostachys bambusoides)

These species will be reconsidered at the Jan. 23 meeting of the CPNWC.Gregg Robertson made a motion to table these three species due to a lack of scientific information on the invasive tendencies of the species presented at the meeting. The CPNWC then voted unanimously to table to species.

If the public has concerns or comments about any of these species, please call (717)-238-2033 or email Gregg Robertson at PLNA. People are also welcomed to attend the January meeting and voice their concerns directly to the CPNWC. The meeting will be at 1:00 p.m. in Room 309, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association