Invasive Plants

Balance in the desert ecosystem is threatened by many invasive plants. Sahara Mustard is perhaps best known, but there are many others that are equally problematic.
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  Sahara Mustard

 

Sahara mustard is an invasive non-native weed that is a significant threat to our desert plants and wildflowers. It is also a fire hazard. Use these resources to identify the plant to stop its spread.


Here is a list of other invasive plants found around the Morongo Basin and in the Mojave Desert.  Click each one to find a comprehensive guide on how to recognize and fight these invaders.  Many thanks to Pat Flanagan for creating these very helpful guides.

 
UPDATE!  A new invasive threat has appeared in the lower desert, in the Anza Borrego area. While it's apparently not yet found in the Morongo Basin, keep a lookout for Volutaria - "A new and noxious plant (that) threatens Southern California."  Read this brochure from the University of California Cooperative Extension for photos and details. 

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