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Invasive Plants in Arkansas

Do you have invasive plants on your property?  Many plants from foreign lands have been brought to Arkansas for crops, ornamental plants, soil stabilization, and forages for livestock and wildlife.  Some have even been brought to Arkansas accidentally.  Most of these plants serve their intended purpose well and never invade our natural environments.  However, an estimated 1/10th of 1 percent of these plants become invasive pests and thus cause a myriad of problems.  Some invasive plants reduce the productivity of our crop fields, some harm our livestock, and others degrade the wildlands that make Arkansas an enjoyable place for residents and visitors.

What plants cause problems for us?  What kind of problems do they cause?  What can we do about the problems these invasive plants cause?  The links below lead to information about an array of invasive plants.

Cogongrass rhizome


Cogongrass often has been described as one of the world's worst weeds.  Once established, cogongrass dominates a site and is very difficult to eradicate.

Image:  Wilson Faircloth, USDA Agricultural Research Service,

Learn more about cogongrass
Chinese tallow

Chinese Tallow

Chinese tallow tree (Triadica sebifera (L.) Small) is a short-lived, fast growing native of eastern Asia that has become naturalized through the southeastern U.S. from North Carolina to eastern Texas.

Image: Chris Evans, University of Illinois,

Learn more about Chinese tallow

Additional Invasive Pests

Feral hog

Invasive Animals

If you are looking for information about invasive animals, go here.


Image: Image courtesy Clint Turnage, USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services

Thousand-cankers disease

Invasive Diseases

If you are looking for information about invasive diseases, go here.


Image: Ned Tisserat, Colorado State University,

Emerald ash borer

Invasive Insects

If you are looking for information about invasive insects, go here.


Image: Debbie Miller, USDA Forest Service,



Dr. Tamara Walkingstick Dr. Rebecca McPeake
Tamara Walkingstick
2301 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR  72204-4940
Rebecca McPeake
2301 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204-4940
Dr. Jon Barry Dr. John Hopkins
Jon Barry
362 AR-174 N
Hope, AR  71801
John Hopkins
2301 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204-4940