Invasive Species: Herbs
Prohibited in Michigan
Giant hogweed is a plant that has the potential to harm humans. The plant grows 7-14 feet tall and has white flowers in an umbrella-shaped cluster up to 2.5 feet across. The stems are green with purple splotches and visible coarse, white hairs. The leaves are up to 5 feet wide, lobed and deeply incised.
Himalayan balsam grows 3-6 feet tall and has purple/red stems that are smooth and hollow. There are 5-10 flowers on each stem and the flowers have 5 petals that are purple, pink, or white in color. The fruit capsules explode when ripe and touched.
Japanese Chaff Flower
Japanese chaff flower is a perennial plant that grows 3-6 feet high with a green, bottle brush-like flower that has no petals. Leaves are opposite and simple with smooth edges and a pointed tip.
Restricted in Michigan
Purple loosestrife is a perennial herb with a woody square stem covered in downy hair. It varies in height from 4 - 10 feet. It has leaves that are arranged in pairs or whorls and magenta flower spikes with 5 - 7 petals per flower that are present for most of the summer.