This is a list of plants that are in my garden or surrounding neighborhood. This is a very small list of plants, and keep in mind that there are hundreds of pages worth of invasives that are not listed here in this list. This is mostly for my personal reference, but you may use this as a guide as well.

I would recommend this book if you are interested in learning more about invasives of the northeast US:

Invasive Plants: Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species

Learn more:


Scientific name: Artemisia vulgaris

It smells like sage, but I am also highly allergic to it.  I love the smell, but will usually start to sneeze right after brushing against it.  Pulling it will send my sinuses into an unpleasant day-long battle.  You can probably tell what it is by the smell – you can also flip over a leaf, and the underside will be very light-colored.

Highly invasive.  I don’t want my entire yard to be covered in it, so I must pull it.

Black Medick

Scientific name: Medicago lupulina

This is the 5th clover lookalike I’ve discovered in the yard. I wasn’t sure what this was until it flowered. It’s not native, considered “naturalized”, but it behaves invasively in my yard.