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Terrestrial Invasive Species - Plants

Report Terrestrial invasive species

DNR is seeking sighting information for invasive species in Indiana. If you believe you have spotted an invasive species, report it and, if possible, get pictures to assist in expert identification.

Terrestrial Plant Rule

The Terrestrial Plant Rule (312 IAC 18-3-25) designates 44 species of plants as invasive pests. This rule makes it illegal to sell, gift, barter, exchange, distribute, transport, or introduce these plants in the State of Indiana. Learn what you need to know in the Terrestrial Plant Rule Brochure.

This rule went into effect April 18, 2019 .

Plant species already in trade will be prohibited from sale one year later (April 18, 2020).

Common Name Scientific Name Information
Amur cork tree Phellodendron amurense Species Information
Amur honeysuckle Lonicera maacki Species Information
Asian bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus Species Information
autumn olive Elaeagnus umbellata Species Information
Bell's honeysuckle Lonicera x bella Species Information
black alder Alnus glutinosa Species Information
black swallow-wort Vincetoxicum nigrum Species Information
blunt-leaved privet Ligustrum obtusifolium Species Information
Bohemian knotweed Reynoutria x bohemica Species Information
bull thistle Cirsium vulgare Species Information
Chinese yam Dioscorea polystachya (oppositifolia) Species Information
common buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica Species Information
common teasel Dipsacus fullonum Species Information
common/giant reed Phragmites australis
subspp. Australis
Species Profile
crown vetch Coronilla varia (Syn: Securigera varia) Species Information
cut-leaved teasel Dipsacus laciniatus Species Information
dame's rocket Hesperis matronalis Species Information
field bindweed Convolvulus arvensis Species Information
garlic mustard Alliaria petiolata Species Information
giant knotweed Reynoutria sachalinensis Species Information
glossy buckthorn Frangula alnus Species Information
Japanese barberry Berberis thunbergii Species Information
Japanese chaff flower Achyranthes japonica Species Information
Japanese honeysuckle Lonicera japonica Species Information
Japanese hops Humulus japonicus Species Information
Japanese knotweed Reynoutria japonica
(Syn: Fallopia japonica or Polygonum cuspidatum)
Species Information
Japanese stiltgrass Microstegium vimineum Species Information
leafy spurge Euphorbia esula Species Information
mile-a-minute vine Persicaria perfoliata (basionym Polygonum perfoliatum) Species Information
Morrow's honeysuckle Lonicera morrowii Species Information
mugwort Artemisia vulgaris Species Information
musk thistle Carduus nutans Species Information
pale swallow-wort Vincetoxicum rossicum Species Information
pepperweed Lepidium latifolium Species Information
poison hemlock Conium maculatum Species Information
reed canarygrass Phalaris arundinacea Species Profile
sericea lespedeza Lespedeza cuneata Species Information
small carpetgrass Arthraxon hispidus Species Information
spiny plumeless thistle Carduus acanthoides Species Information
spotted knapweed Centaurea stoebe Species Information
Tatarian honeysuckle Lonicera tatarica Species Information
tree-of-heaven Ailanthus altissima Species Information
white mulberry Morus alba Species Information
wintercreeper Euonymus fortunei Species Information

Plants Restricted Under Other Rules

Common Name Scientific Name Information
kudzu Pueraria montana 312 IAC 18-3-16, Species Page
purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria 312 IAC 18-3-13, Species Page
multiflora rose Rosa multiflora 312 IAC 18-3-13

Indiana Noxious Weeds (IC 15-16-7-2)

Common Name Scientific Name Information
Canada thistle Cirsium avense  
burcucumber Sicyos angulatus  
Columbus grass Sorghum almum  
johnsongrass Sorghum halepense  
shattercane Sorghum bicolor  
common waterhemp Amaranthus rudis  
tall waterhemp Amaranthus tuberculatus  
marestail or horseweed Conyza xanadensis  
Palmer Amaranth Amaranthus palmeri  
poison hemlock Conium maculatum  
Powell amaranth Amaranthus powellii  
Rough pigweed Amaranthus retroflexus  
Smooth pigweed Amaranthus hybridus  

Federal Noxious Weeds