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Invasives News & Updates


Invasive Plants: Why Should We Care?

By Priscilla Seimer When members of the Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership are removing invasives in the area, people often stop to ask what we’re doing.  Sometimes folks ask us what an invasive plant is, or what plants in our area are invasive.  And sometimes someone asks why we bother. The answer to  “why we bother” […]

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Invasive Plants on Peary’s Eagle Island

By Priscilla Seimer, Harpswell Invasive Plant Initiative The arrival of invasive plants on Peary’s Eagle Island is depressing, but not surprising. As noted below, they are very good at what they do – colonize and spread. What can be more confusing to people is just what an invasive is, and why controlling them is so […]

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Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership Offers Home Visits

By Don Westfall Last summer, Nancy and George Kinser looked around their Bailey Island property and found some unfamiliar visitors in the garden. Among their own plantings were a few exceptionally vigorous newcomers. Through her membership in the Harpswell Garden Club, Nancy had heard about the spread of invasive plants and a program to help […]

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Have a Happy (Native Plant) Holiday Season!

This time of year many of us decorate our homes or apartments with holiday cheer. Brightly colored lights, candles, winter gourds, wreaths – the variety is limited only by imagination. Our hands and hearts make our spaces warm and welcoming. This season as many of us think about how we want to decorate, the Harpswell […]

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The Monarch Butterfly’s Nemesis: Black Swallow-wort

By Becky Gallery Everyone recognizes the colorful Monarch butterfly, flitting about the garden. Its colorful orange and black body warns birds to stay away. What makes the monarch so unappetizing to birds? The adult monarch lays its eggs on milkweed, which the newly hatched larva eat. The monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on milkweeds, which contain […]

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Dodder Alert! Another Aggressive Invasive Plant Appears in Harpswell

By Priscilla Seimer Volunteering for the Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership means getting to know a variety of invasive plants up close and personal. At times, however, it also means encountering native plants we may not have seen before. Usually that is good; maybe it means a native is trying to re-establish itself where only invasives […]

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Two Invasive Plants to Look Out for This Summer

By Jeff Stann Two flowering plants will be appearing in Harpswell this summer that bear watching. Both are invasive, crowding out native plants and taking over gardens and wetlands. Both can be controlled relatively easily if we get to them as soon as they appear. The first is Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), a perennial found […]

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Weeding Out Invasive Plants

By Kara Douglas Published in the Harpswell Anchor, June 2017 Asiatic Bittersweet, Japanese Barberry, Himalayan Balsam: An exotic list, and one that members of the Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership (HIPP) have come to know well. As more non-native, invasive plants are identified along roadsides and on public properties, HIPP has taken the initiative to educate […]

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