Invasive Plants of the Midwest: Plants that are not native to the Midwest, and which cause (or are likely to cause) harm to environmental, economic, and/or human health.


2021 Membership Drive: You can help MIPN enact its mission by becoming a member or renewing your membership. All the details are here!

Mystery Seeds: Check out our July 2020 special bulletin with links to jurisdictional resources for dealing with any unexpected deliveries of mystery seeds. No matter where you are, please don't open, plant, compost or trash the seeds as they have the potential to be invasive. 

WIGL is Here!!! After about a year and a half of work, MIPN is excited to launch the new website for the Woody Invasives of the Great Lakes Collaborative at Do you have questions about how to identify or control woody invasive plants? Or about how they are regulated? Find your answers via WIGL.

Your Opinion Wanted! We have an open questionnaire (launched June 2020) to gather user opinions about our regional plant list. It should only take about 10 minutes to fill out! Thanks in advance!

Public Gardens as Sentinels against Invasive Plants (PGSIP) Article in APGA's Public Garden Magazine Click here to view the article (starting on page 12 of the pdf file), co-authored by Clair Ryan, MIPN Coordinator; MIPN Board members Kurt Dreisilker and Theresa Culley, and Jessica Schuler of the New York Botanical Garden. The PGSIP project is developing guidance and a central database to allow public gardens and arboreta to share data and serve as early detectors of plants escaping cultivation before they become widely distributed.

Media Coverage page Click here to quickly find published articles about MIPN projects as well as those that reference or quote MIPN. We anticipate more to come later this year. This page can also be accessed through the Publications drop-down menu, accessible from any landing page.

Resources to Locate Native Plant and Ecological Service Providers in the Midwest Click here to access two new directories intended to promote post-control revegetation with native plants. The directories were compiled by MIPN with support from the US Forest Service and are intended for CWMAs/CISMAs/PRISMs and other land managers.



*NEW* Woody Landscape Alternatives Brochure – We have a brand new brochure to help home and business owners choose beautiful alternatives to invasive trees, shrubs and woody vines. Download the pdf free here and learn more about how to order free copies for local distribution at the WIGL website

Free Publications: Revegetating with Natives – MIPN recently worked with USFS to develop two short guides for people looking to revegetate with native plants to ward off invasives; one for homeowners/gardeners and one for managers of larger natural areas. Download the pdfs free here or read about how you can customize and co-brand these as outreach materials here.

Invasive Plants of the Chicago Region ID videos – The Morton Arboretum has a new YouTube playlist featuring helpful invasive plant identification videos. We recommend subscribing because new videos are being added! We also have lots of other helpful ID tools linked on our education page

Land Manager's Guide to Developing an Invasive Plant Management Plan – This guidance document was prepared by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Pacific Southwest Region, Inventory and Monitoring Initiative, and the California Invasive Plant Council to assist in the planning process and focus limited resources toward the greatest conservation benefit wherever invasive plant management is necessary. View the pdf here

Ornamental Invasives/Invasive Plants in Trade – Check out MIPN’s video describing the threats posed by ornamental plants with invasive tendencies. The video highlights common buckthorn, Japanese barberry, winged burning bush, and Callery pear. For more information about Callery pear, watch this webinar presented by MIPN Board member and plant population biologist Dr. Theresa Culley of the University of Cincinnati.

Newsletter Archives – Check out the web archive of our newsletters, from 2017 to present. We will be adding more back issues over time. To stay up-to-date, subscribe to our eNewsletter

Social Media – Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest on invasive plants in the Midwest, including relevant events and news.