There are 100s of educational resources available that examine invasive plants. Below is an overview of our favorites. To see the educational material that MIPN has created itself, check out our Products & Publications page.


Invasive Plants Field Guide - Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species, by Sylvan Kaufman and Wallace Kaufman

This easy-to-use, wide ranging guide to invasive plants in North America features full-color photos and descriptions of more than 175 alien species. Text for each species describes the plant's environmental and economic impacts as well as management techniques used to control it. To order books from Stackpole, visit or call 1-800-732-3669


Life-like replicas of several invasive plants are available from the Center for Invasive Species Management (CISM), including garlic mustard, perennial pepperweed, purple loosestrife, saltcedar, spotted knapweed, yellow starthistle, leafy spurge, and Dalmatian toadflax. All can be ordered by the box (12 stems) or as part of an educational or display bouquet.

Visit the CISM store or contact CISM at 406 994 5557 or for more information.


Interactive Weed Identification Database - created by Mark Renz, University of Wisconsin, the database contains 280 of the most common weeds/invasive plants found in agricultural, urban, and natural settings in Wisconsin. The database is organized to ask questions about the unknown plant, and, based on the user's input, the website will produce a list of plants (scientific and common names) along with thumbnail images that match the information entered.


The University of Wisconsin-Madison Agronomy Department and UW-Extension has created a series of videos for the identification of invasive plants. These videos can be found at the new UW-Extension Weed Science website. Current species covered include

  • Black swallow-wort
  • Bush honeysuckles
  • Canada thistle
  • Common tansy
  • Creeping bellflower
  • Dame's rocket
  • Garlic mustard
  • Hill mustard
  • Japanese hedge
  • Japanese hop
  • Leafy spurge
  • Perennial pepperweed
  • Plumeless thistle
  • Poison hemlock
  • Spotted knapweed
  • Teasel
  • Wild chervil
  • Wild parsnip

Identification and control of garlic mustard. This video may also be ordered on DVD at

The Outsmart Invasive Species Project has put together several great videos to aid invasive species and invasive plant identification, including Japanese knotweed, multiflora rose, glossy buckthorn, and autumn olive. Check out these helpful and short videos on their YouTube Channel.


Water garden poster created by the Minnesota Sea Grant


Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants - fact sheets, images, invasive plant management plans, invasive plant recognition cards, and identification videos.


Indiana Department of Natural Resources - Invasive Plant Species Fact Sheets

National Park Service Alien plant invaders fact sheets


Meet the Knapweeds - 1MB This brochure was created by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and provides an overview of the 4 invasive knapweed species confirmed in the Midwest.

Oriental Bittersweet Brochure - 5 MB

Oriental Bittersweet Brochure - 1 MB



Water garden information developed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources targeting consumers & retailers

MIPN compiled a listing of invasive plant books, posters, videos, CDs, & websites. Download a PDF of this comprehensive listing to discover more available resources.