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Invasive plants winning the battle over native Wisconsin wetlands and forests

Garlic mustard and phragmites gain the upper hand, choking out native habitat

7:30 AM, Apr. 29, 2013
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All across the woodlands and wetlands of our area, a silent battle rages on. A war between Wisconsin's native plants and animals and vigorous alien invaders that are determined to take over our beautiful natural areas.

In many areas, it's the alien invaders that are currently winning the war.

For decades, invasive plant species have been introduced into the Wisconsin wild, either by accident or as a result of misunderstood characteristics of these plants and their vigorous nature. Some of the names are well-known: purple loosestrife, buckthorn, orange daylily. Each year, new plants get ...

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