Spear thistle, curled dock and giant hogweed are among the nine ‘criminal’ plants that could land you with a hefty fine, the experts have warned.
While it is not illegal to grow these problem plants in your garden, it’s vital that households control their spread to prevent further damage to neighbouring properties and potential danger to animals.
Some invasive species, such as Japanese knotweed, have a bamboo-like stem that can spread rapidly. If left unattended, it has been known to damage building structures by targeting cracks in masonry and attempting to grow through them. Meanwhile, common ragwort can cause liver poisoning in horses and livestock due to the toxin it contains.
“Invasive non-native species of plants have usually arrived in the UK free from the creatures which munch on them and prevent them becoming dominant. As very few of our native herbivores are able to eat these plants they can