More about:

Prohibited Plant List - Background

History behind the development and enactment of the Massachusetts Prohibited Plant List

In 2005, the Massachusetts Invasive Plants Advisory Group (MIPAG) presented MDAR with a list of plants designated as invasive in Massachusetts. This list was combined with the Federal Noxious Weed List to create the original Prohibited Plant List, which covered more than 140 species. An extensive public comment and review period followed. During this review, it was determined that 14 of the species that were commonly sold as ornamental plants should be given an additional phase-out period, in order to minimize the financial impacts on Massachusetts nurseries.

On January 1st, 2006, MDAR began a two-step ban on the importation and sale of species on the Prohibited Plant List. Most of the species were banned from importation, sale, trade, distribution and related activities as of this date. A short list of woody ornamental plants were granted an extension on importation through July 2006; these species were also granted an extension on in-state propagation ban through January 2009. A few herbaceous ornamentals also received the same import extension, but were banned from in-state propagation after January 2007. A complete list of the species subject to these phase-outs is below.

Common Name Scientific Name Importation Ban Propagation Ban
Amur honeysuckle Lonicera maackii July 1, 2006 January 1, 2009
Bell's honeysuckle Lonicera x bella [morrowii x tatarica] July 1, 2006 January 1, 2009
Bishop's weed; goutweed Aegopodium podagraria July 1, 2006 January 1, 2009
Creeping jenny; moneywort Lysimachia nummularia July 1, 2006 January 1, 2009
Forget-me-not Myosotis scorpiodes July 1, 2006 January 1, 2007
Japanese Barberry Berberis thunbergii July 1, 2006 January 1, 2009
Japanese honeysuckle Lonicera japonica July 1, 2006 January 1, 2009
Morrow's honeysuckle Lonicera morrowii July 1, 2006 January 1, 2009
Norway maple Acer platanoides July 1, 2006 January 1, 2009
Plume grass; Amur silvergrass Miscanthus sacchariflorus July 1, 2006 January 1, 2007
Sycamore maple Acer pseudoplatanus July 1, 2006 January 1, 2009
Tatarian honeysuckle Lonicera tatarica July 1, 2006 January 1, 2009
Winged euonymus; Burning Bush Euonymus alatus July 1, 2006 January 1, 2009
Yellow Iris Iris pseudacorus July 1, 2006 January 1, 2007

As of January 2009, all species on the Prohibited Plant List Most of the species are banned from importation, sale, trade, distribution and related activities.

 

Feedback

Tell us what you think