English ivy and butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii) have been outlawed in Oregon. Will this irritate some folks? I imagine. I’ve been stuck in traffic and found my eyes wandering to the tall trees along side the road, only to note their trucks are completely covered with English ivy. The same with the Buddleja, there is an empty lot near my home that is only empty of buildings…it is completely filled with the butterfly bush, it really is amazing.
The official AP announcement…..
2/10/2010, 12:48 p.m. PST, The Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. - English ivy and butterfly bush will soon be outlaws in Oregon.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that it is adding them to the state list of noxious weeds. That means they cannot be grown, sold or transported, even in floral arrangements.
The ban is effective immediately for butterfly bush but takes effect June 1 for English ivy.
The reason is that they regularly escape gardens and even indoor settings and go wild in the woods, where they can harm natural habitats.
Sterile varieties of butterfly bush that give off little or no seed, are allowed.