Coastal NC Landscape Plant Dos and Don’ts

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beach vitex imageAs with any area, proper plant selection along our beaches and barrier islands is very important.  A new publication, Native Plants for Coastal North Carolina Landscapes, has just been published.  This informative booklet contains photos and descriptions of several plants well-suited to our coastal areas.  Four plants not recommended are also discussed:  Beach vitex (Vitex rotundifolia), Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana), Thorny-olive (Elaeagnus pungens), and Saltcedar (Tamarix spp.).  Each of these plants is considered highly invasive.

Further information about Beach vitex is available from the Beach Vitex Task Force, along with identification, control, and reporting procedures.  It is a noxious weed in NC and illegal to sell, distribute, or move this species from one property to another.

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Photo of Dr. Diana RashashDr. Diana RashashArea Specialized Agent, Water Quality / Waste Management Serves 18 CountiesBased out of Onslow County(910) 455-5873 diana_rashash@ncsu.eduOnslow County, North Carolina
Updated on Aug 8, 2013
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