Plants from a variety of habitats have made their way to Mississippi, whether through deliberate means or by accident. As invasive species, they often thrive to the point of pushing out native plants. Whether a non-native species is considered a beautiful addition to the landscape or an out-of-control weed, experts and agents with MSU Extension provide Mississippians with the information they need to make decisions about the plants in their environment.
Mississippi’s climate has proven to be ideally suited to hosting a variety of introduced, invasive plants and insects, but vigilant residents can prevent these pests from becoming overwhelming problems. One of the latest invaders is the box tree moth. North Mississippi residents are confronting this new challenge, which is a serious pest of boxwood shrubs that began showing up on boxwoods bought in Tennessee this spring.