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Invasive plants are pests

Ways you can help

Did you know?

  • Invasive plants are spread by birds, wildlife, pets and people;
  • Many wildflowers contain invasive plant seeds;
  • Picking plants along the road or other disturbed areas encourages spread;
  • Invasive plants can be spread by your vehicle entering into a new area;
  • Composting invasive plants does not prevent spread.
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Destroy Daisy Campaign

Scentless chamomile and oxeye daisy are plagues to the agricultural communities within our region. These noxious weeds are costly to eradicate, upset the natural balance of our ecosystems, and decrease the value of agricultural products. If you come across these invasive plants Pull-Clear Bag-Toss.

  • pull the plants by hand
  • bag the plants in clear bags
  • toss for free in one of the local landfills

Identifying Scentless Chamomile

Identifying Oxeye Daisy

Eye on Hawkweeds

Why are hawkweeds something to watch for?

Hawkweeds have economic and ecological impacts to our region. They form dense mats of leaves that outcompetes edible plants in hayfields and pastures. Invasive hawkweeds will replace native vegetation in open and disturbed areas areas such as meadows roadsides creating a threat to biodiversity.

Do you have a hawk-eye for identifying Hawkweeds?

Orange or yellow?
There is only one species of orange hawkweed and it is easily identified by its bright orange cluster of flowers. Yellow hawkweeds are trickier to identify as there are 8 native species and 12 invasive species, with the yellow flowers resembling other plants.

Spot the differences
The yellow flowers of the hawkweed look similar to: goat’s beard, hawksbeard, sow thistle, and dandelions. Invasive hawkweeds have yellow flowers that grow in clusters at the top of a single unbranched stem, stems contain a milky fluid and are covered in black hairs. The leaves are found at the base of the stem if the plant is invasive. Native hawkweeds have true leaves all the way up their stems.

Don’t be fooled by these Yellow Hawkweed imposters! 


Report an Invasive

There are three ways to report invasive plants; through the Report Invasives app, the Provincial online form or directly to the PRRD. If a report is submitted through the app or form, the Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group (IMISWG) will review and coordinate with an invasive species specialist for follow-up activities.

Download the free reporting app:

Report using the Provincial online form:

Report to the PRRD:

If a report is submitted to the PRRD for a residential property within the jurisdiction of the Regional District, staff will forward the report to the appropriate agency and deliver educational materials that outline how to identify and manage specific species on residential properties.

The PRRD can only spray on properties owned and operated by the Regional District.

Contact Info

Environmental Services Manager
Phone: 250-784-3200