MIPN Invasive Plant Control Database

Check out our database of control techniques for a searchable compilation of control methods for many of the invasive plants common in the Midwest. Control information has been collected through scientific literature review, expert opinion, and user input. The database is the result of a partnership between MIPN and Mark Renz's lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Plants included in the database are:

Amur honeysuckle
Asian bittersweet
Autumn olive
Bird's-foot trefoil
Black locust
Black swallow-wort
Border privet
Bull thistle
Canada thistle
Common buckthorn
Common privet
Common tansy
Common teasel
Creeping bellflower
Cut-leaved teasel

Dame's rocket
European marsh thistle
Field bindweed
Garlic mustard
Glossy buckthorn
Hill mustard
Hybrid cattail
Japanese barberry
Japanese hedge-parsley
Japanese honeysuckle
Japanese hop
Japanese knotweed
Japanese stiltgrass
Leafy spurge
Morrow's honeysuckle
Multiflora rose

Musk thistle
Narrow-leaved cattail
Plumeless thistle
Poison hemlock
Purple loosestrife
Russian olive
Sericea lespedeza
Spotted knapweed
Spreading hedge-parsley
Tartarian honeysuckle
White sweetclover
Wild chervil
Wild parsnip
Yellow sweetclover

Management Handbooks

Weed Control Management Handbook: Tools and Techniques for Use in Natural Areas, The Nature Conservancy.

Handbook on Targeted Grazing as a Tool for Weed Management

Review on Fire and Invasive Plants explores relationships between wildland fire and nonnative invasive plants that can assist fire managers and other land managers concerned with prevention, detection, and eradication or control of nonnative invasive plants.

Aquatic Invasive Plant Management A reference on aquatic invasive plant identification and control, Carole A. Lembi, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University

"Managing Invasive Plants: Concepts, Principles, and Practices", by the Center for Invasive Species Management, was developed in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System, and provides an overview of invasive plant management and planning supported by case studies, quizzes, scientific literature, and web-based resources. The website is best viewed in Internet Explorer.

Management Videos & Presentations

Video Presentations of the 2010 Invasive Plant Management Workshop held at the Chicago Botanic Garden in February.  Click on the agenda item you would like to view.  Presentations covered chemical control of many widespread invasive plants in IL, Tansy, Leafy spurge, IPM for Reed Canary Grass, novel approaches to Buckthorn control, wick applicators, and general aquatic plant management. 

MIPN Weed Management Planning PowerPoint Presentation - "Stop Wasting Your Time on Invasives – Plan Your Way to Success!" by Ellen Jacquart, The Nature Conservancy

Compilations of Management Plans for Specific Plants

TNC Management Documents at Invasipedia - Invasipedia houses information on invasive plants, animals, and pathogens, and especially how to best manage them. Its foundation is the large amount of species management information developed by the The Nature Conservancy's Global Invasive Species Team. It is now supported by the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health as part of the BugwoodWiki.

Invasive Species: Manager's Toolkit - National Invasive Species Information Center, USDA

Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (INPC) Vegetation Management Guidelines

Information on management for specific invasive plant species:

Asian bush honeysuckle

  • Article (pdf) on bush honeysuckle control, including a comparison of the costs of different control methods. Reprinted from Proceedings of the 15th Central Hardwood Forest Conference, Ron Rathfon and Keith Ruble authors.

Garlic mustard

Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum)

  • Angie Shelton at Indiana University has created a new website on predicting the spread of invasive species, with a focus on her research on Japanese stiltgrass.
  • Japanese stiltgrass video, prepared by the River to River CWMA
  • Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum), management paper (complete paper as it appeared in Restoration Ecology) by S. Luke Flory, Ph.D., Post-doctoral research associate, Department of Biology, Indiana University, For a condensed version (Word document), click here.
  • Article about the progress and spread of the Bipolaris fungus in Japanese stiltgrass and the implications for the possibility of using the fungus as a biocontrol method.


Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

Spotted knapweed (Centaurea biebersteinii)

Common Reed (Phragmites australis)

Eurasion water milfoil

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The Clamper A unique tool that allows for highly selective herbicide application to herbaceous vegetation.


PVC applicator – Designed by Jack McGowan-Stinski of the Michigan Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, this applicator applies herbicide to cut stumps.


Interested in Biocontrol options?  Visit:

Struggling to control Asian bush honeysuckle? Learn about a study in Indiana comparing control methods by Ron Rathfon, Purdue University

Vinegar – Useful tool in the fight against invasives or just an essential ingredient in salad dressing? by Ellen Jacquart, The Nature Conservancy

Fen and Sedge Meadow Restoration and Maintenance Report

Many fens in the Midwest have become significantly overgrown with shrubs due to fire suppression. Reintroducing fire will only slow the spread of shrubs, not remove them from areas where they have established. Traditional methods of cutting individual stems and painting with herbicide can clear areas of shrubs, but this is a very time consuming, slow process. Given the large number of acres of fen that need restoration, Rich Dunbar (Indiana DNR - Division of Nature Preserves) investigated a way to control woody invaders and restore fens more cost effectively.