Invasive species are fierce competitors and compete with native plants and animals for food and living space. More than 50% of Florida’s native listed rare plants are threatened by invasive species through direct destruction or crowding. Invasive species have no natural control agent to keep them in check like they are in their native range.
Invasives know no boundaries and will grow beyond a homeowner's yard and into neighboring natural areas.
Florida consistently has one of the highest numbers of invasive plants in the United States. One of the reasons is because 70% of all plant shipments that come into the United States, come through Florida’s ports. Approximately 130 invasive plant species currently pose a threat to Florida’s natural areas.