EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 03 - 2007 Num. article: 2007/062

The “Grow me instead” initiative in Australia


In Australia, an illustrated booklet has been prepared to explain to the inhabitants of the region of Sydney how to use non-invasive ornamental plants instead of invasive ones. This is the result of a unified effort by local nurseries and government agencies to protect the Australian bushland.
A few suggestions for using native or non-native alternative species are made and the reader is invited to ask garden centres and nurseries for more choices.
The reader is also encouraged to follow good practices such as:
  • to identify invasive plants in their garden and replace them by non-invasive ones, and/or only to use non-invasive ones,
  • to eliminate seed production of plants that have the potential to become invasive,
  • to report plant escapees to the competent authorities,
  • to share the garden with wild creatures (lizards, frogs, etc.) and to use plants that provide nectar or seeds for birds and foliage as a protection,
  • to join a voluntary bush care group to be aware of environmental issues and to invite friends and family to do so.

Plants which can be used as alternatives to invasive species in Australia and in the EPPO region are presented below. Some alternative plants proposed in the booklet are indigenous in the Sydney area and are therefore not invasive there but may show an invasive behaviour if introduced in the EPPO region. These are not mentioned in the table below.

Invasive species in Australia
Family
Origin
Considered Inv. in EPPO countries
Alternatives
Acacia baileyana
Fabaceae
Australia
ES, PT
Acacia covenyi
Acer negundo
Aceraceae
N-Am.
BE, DE, CZ, EE, ES, FR, HU, IT, LV, LT, NL, PL
Acer negundo cv. "sensation" (fruitless form)
Fraxinus oxycarpa
Nyssa sylvatica
Acer pseudoplatanus
Aceraceae
Eur.
GB, IE
Liriodendron tulipifera
Quercus coccinea
Buddleja davidii
Buddlejaceae
E-Asia
ES, FR, IT, GB
Rondeletia amoena
Ceanothus papillosus "Blue Pacific"
Croscomia x croscomiiflora
(=Tritonia x croscomiflora)
Iridaceae
S-Af., hort
ES, IE, GB
Valotta speciosa
Dianella caerulea
Lantana camara
Verbenaceae
Neotrop.
ES, IL, IT, PT
Cistus x hybridus
Hebe cultivars
Zantedescia aethiopica
Araceae
S-Af.
ES, IT
Zantedeschia calla
Crinum pedunculatum
Eucharis x grandiflora

Sources

Grow me Instead! http://www.ngia.com.au/home_gardeners/growme_instead.asp