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NRCS Invasive Species Policy
Invasive Species Executive Order 13112

South Carolina State-listed Noxious Weeds
136 records returned

Click on an accepted name below to view its PLANTS Profile with more information, and web links if available. Noxious weeds that are synonyms retain their noxious status, and are indented beneath the current PLANTS accepted name.

South Carolina Aquatic Nuisance Species Program. 2003. Illegal aquatic plants in South Carolina (20 October 2003). South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

State Crop Pest Commission. 1996. Designation of plant pests (24 May 2006). State of South Carolina.

Symbol Scientific Name Noxious Common Name State Noxious Status Native Status*
ALPH Alternanthera philoxeroides (Mart.) Griseb. alligatorweed, alligatorweed, pigweed ILAP, PP L48 (I), PR (I)
AZPI Azolla pinnata R. Br. mosquito fern, pinnate mosquito fern, mosquito fern ILAP, PP L48 (I)
CATA5 Caulerpa taxifolia (Vahl) C. Agardh1 , caulerpa ILAP, PP L48 (I)
EGDE Egeria densa Planch. Brazilian elodea ILAP, PP L48 (I), HI (I), PR (I), CAN (W)
EIAZ2 Eichhornia azurea (Sw.) Kunth anchored waterhyacinth, rooted waterhyacinth, rooted water hyacinth ILAP, PP L48 (I), PR (I)
EICR Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms water hyacinth, waterhyacinth ILAP, PP (I), L48 (I), HI (I), PR (I), VI (I), CAN (W)
HYVE3 Hydrilla verticillata (L. f.) Royle hydrilla ILAP, PP L48 (I)
HYPO3 Hygrophila polysperma (Roxb.) T. Anderson Indian hygrophila, Miramar weed, Miramar weed ILAP, PP L48 (I)
IPAQ Ipomoea aquatica Forssk. water spinach, water spinach, swamp morningglory ILAP, PP (I), L48 (I), HI (I), PR (I)
LAMA15 Lagarosiphon major (Ridley) Moss African oxygen weed, oxygen weed ILAP, PP
LISE3 Limnophila sessiliflora (Vahl) Blume ambulia, limnophila, ambulia ILAP, PP L48 (I)
LYSA2 Lythrum salicaria L. purple loosestrife ILAP, PP L48 (I), CAN (I), SPM (I)
MEQU Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cav.) S.F. Blake melaleuca, paperbark tree ILAP, PP (I), L48 (I), HI (I), PR (I)
MOHA2 Monochoria hastata (L.) Solms [excluded] arrow-leaved monochoria, arrowleaf monochoria ILAP, PP
MOVA Monochoria vaginalis (Burm. f.) C. Presl ex Kunth monochoria ILAP, PP L48 (I), HI (I)
MYSP2 Myriophyllum spicatum L. Eurasian watermilfoil ILAP, PP L48 (I), AK (I), CAN (I)
NAMI Najas minor All. brittleleaf naiad, slender niad ILAP, PP L48 (I), CAN (I)
OTAL Ottelia alismoides (L.) Pers. duck-lettuce ILAP, PP L48 (I)
PIST2 Pistia stratiotes L. water lettuce ILAP, PP L48 (N), HI (I), PR (N), VI (N)
SASA7 Sagittaria sagittifolia L. [excluded] arrowhead ILAP, PP
SAAU Salvinia auriculata Aubl. giant salvinia ILAP, PP PR (I)
SABI9 Salvinia biloba Raddi giant salvinia ILAP, PP
SAHE7 Salvinia herzogii de la Sota giant salvinia ILAP, PP
SAMO5 Salvinia molesta Mitchell giant salvinia ILAP, PP L48 (I), HI (I)
SOTA3 Solanum tampicense Dunal wetland nightshade ILAP, PP L48 (I)
SPER Sparganium erectum L. branched burreed, exotic bur reed ILAP, PP L48 (I)
TRNA Trapa natans L. water chestnut, water chestnut, waternut ILAP, PP L48 (I), CAN (I)
ACRE3 Acroptilon repens (L.) DC. L48 (I), CAN (I)
CERE6 Centaurea repens L. Russian knapweed PP
AEGIN Aeginetia L. PP
AGAD2 Ageratina adenophora (Spreng.) R.M. King & H. Rob. croftonweed PP L48 (I), HI (I)
AGGI Agrostemma githago L. corn cockle PP L48 (I), AK (I), CAN (I)
ALECT2 Alectra Thunb. PP (I)
ALSE4 Alternanthera sessilis (L.) R. Br. ex DC. sessile joyweed PP (I), L48 (I), HI (I), PR (N), VI (N)
ASFI2 Asphodelus fistulosus L. onionweed PP L48 (I)
AVST Avena sterilis L. sterile oats PP L48 (I), CAN (W)
CAHA13 Cardiospermum halicacabum L. balloonvine PP L48 (I), HI (I), PR (N), VI (N)
CAOX6 Carthamus oxyacanthus M. Bieb. L48 (I)
CAOX2 Carthamus oxyacantha M. Bieb., orth. var. jeweled distaff thistle PP
CHAC Chrysopogon aciculatus (Retz.) Trin. pilipiliula PP (N), L48 (I), HI (I)
CIREU Citrus reticulata Blanco ssp. unshiu (Marcow.) D.Rivera Núñez et al. Unshu orange PP
CNBE Cnicus benedictus L. blessed thistle PP L48 (I), CAN (I)
COBE2 Commelina benghalensis L. tropical spiderwort PP (I), L48 (I), HI (I), PR (I)
CRVU2 Crupina vulgaris Cass. common crupina PP L48 (I)
CUSCU Cuscuta L.2 dodder PP (I,N), L48 (I,N)
DIAB Digitaria abyssinica (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) Stapf HI (I)
DISC5 Digitaria scalarum (Schweinf.) Chiov. African couchgrass, fingergrass PP
DIVE2 Digitaria velutina (Forssk.) P. Beauv. velvet fingergrass PP L48 (I)
DRAR7 Drymaria arenarioides Humb. & Bonpl. ex Schult. [excluded] alfombrilla PP
EMAU Emex australis Steinh. three-cornered jack PP L48 (I)
EMSP Emex spinosa (L.) Campd. spiny emex PP L48 (I), HI (I)
EUHE4 Euphorbia heterophylla L. (I), L48 (N), HI (I), PR (N), VI (N)
EUPR5 Euphorbia prunifolia Jacq. painted euphorbia PP
GAOF Galega officinalis L. goatsrue PP L48 (I), CAN (I)
HECI Helianthus ciliaris DC. Texas blueweed PP L48 (N)
HEMA17 Heracleum mantegazzianum Sommier & Levier giant hogweed PP L48 (I), CAN (I)
IMBR Imperata brasiliensis Trin. Brazilian satintail PP L48 (I), PR (I)
IMCY Imperata cylindrica (L.) P. Beauv. cogongrass PP (NI), L48 (I)
IPTR2 Ipomoea triloba L. threelobe morningglory, little bell, Aiea morningglory PP (I), L48 (I), HI (I), PR (N), VI (N)
IPTU3 Ipomoea turbinata Lag. L48 (I)
CAMU25 Calonyction muricatum (L.) G. Don purple moonflower PP
ISRU Ischaemum rugosum Salisb. soramollagrass PP (N), L48 (I)
LECH2 Leptochloa chinensis (L.) Nees [excluded] Chinese sprangletop PP
LOTE2 Lolium temulentum L. darnel PP L48 (I), AK (I), HI (I), CAN (I)
LUGRG2 Ludwigia grandiflora (Michx.) Greuter & Burdet ssp. grandiflora L48 (I)
LUUR Ludwigia uruguayensis (Camb.) H. Hara Uruguay primrose PP
LUGRH Ludwigia grandiflora (Michx.) Greuter & Burdet ssp. hexapetala (Hook. & Arn.) G.L. Nesom & Kartesz L48 (I)
LUHE5 Ludwigia hexapetala (Hook. & Arn.) Zardini, Gu & P.H. Raven water primrose PP
LYFE4 Lycium ferocissimum Miers L48 (I)
LYFE3 Lycium ferrocissimum Miers, orth. var. African boxthorn PP
MEMA Melastoma malabathricum L. Banks melastoma, melastoma PP (N), HI (I)
MICO16 Mikania cordata (Burm. f.) B.L. Rob. [excluded] African mile-a-minute PP
MIMI5 Mikania micrantha Kunth mile-a-minute PP L48 (I), PR (N)
MIDI8 Mimosa diplotricha C. Wright (I), HI (I), PR (I)
MIIN80 Mimosa invisa Mart., non Mart. ex Colla giant sensitiveplant PP
MIPE2 Mimosa pellita Kunth ex Willd. L48 (N), PR (N)
MIPI Mimosa pigra auct. non L. catclaw mimosa PP
NATR3 Nassella trichotoma (Nees) Hack. serrated tussock PP L48 (I)
OPAU10 Opuntia aurantiaca Lindl. jointed prickly pear PP
OROBA Orobanche L.2 broomrape PP (N), L48 (I,N)
ORLO3 Oryza longistaminata A. Chev. & Roehr. wild red rice PP
ORPU13 Oryza punctata Kotzchy ex Steud. wild red rice PP
ORRU Oryza rufipogon Griffiths wild red rice PP L48 (I)
ORSA Oryza sativa L. red rice PP (I), L48 (I), PR (I), VI (I)
PASC6 Paspalum scrobiculatum L. kodomillet PP (NI), L48 (I), HI (I)
PECL2 Pennisetum clandestinum Hochst. ex Chiov. kikuyugrass PP L48 (I), HI (I), PR (I), VI (I)
PEMA80 Pennisetum macrourum Trin. African feathergrass PP L48 (I), HI (I)
PEPE24 Pennisetum pedicellatum Trin. kyasumagrass PP L48 (I)
PEPO14 Pennisetum polystachion (L.) Schult. (I), L48 (I), HI (I), PR (I)
PEPO4 Pennisetum polystachyon (L.) Schult., orth. var. missiongrass, thin napiergrass PP
PHAU7 Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud. common reed PP (I,N), L48 (N), HI (I), CAN (N)
PHCO15 Phragmites communis Trin. common reed ILAP
POPE10 Polygonum perfoliatum L. mile-a-minute weed PP L48 (I)
PRAL11 Prosopis alpataco Phil. mesquite PP
PRAR6 Prosopis argentina Burkart mesquite PP
PRBU2 Prosopis burkartii Muñoz mesquite PP
PRCA9 Prosopis caldenia Burkart mesquite PP
PRCA10 Prosopis calingastana Burkart mesquite PP
PRCA11 Prosopis campestris Griseb. mesquite PP
PRCA12 Prosopis castellanosii Burkart mesquite PP
PRDE4 Prosopis denudans Benth. mesquite PP
PREL5 Prosopis elata (Burkart) Burkart mesquite PP
PRFA2 Prosopis farcta (Banks & Sol.) J.F. Macbr. mesquite PP L48 (I)
PRFE2 Prosopis ferox Griseb. mesquite PP
PRFI4 Prosopis fiebrigii Harms mesquite PP
PRHA4 Prosopis hassleri Harms ex Hassler mesquite PP
PRHU3 Prosopis humilis Gillies ex Hook. & Arn. mesquite PP
PRKU2 Prosopis kuntzei Harms ex Hassler mesquite PP
PRPA4 Prosopis pallida (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) Kunth mesquite PP (I), HI (I), PR (I), VI (I)
PRPA10 Prosopis palmeri S. Watson mesquite PP
PRRE2 Prosopis reptans Benth. mesquite PP L48 (N)
PRRO4 Prosopis rojasiana Burkart mesquite PP
PRRU4 Prosopis ruizlealii Burkart mesquite PP
PRRU5 Prosopis ruscifolia Griseb. mesquite PP
PRSE5 Prosopis sericantha Gillies ex Hook. & Arn. mesquite PP
PRST3 Prosopis strombulifera (Lam.) Benth. mesquite PP L48 (I)
PRTO3 Prosopis torquata DC. mesquite PP
PRVE Prosopis velutina Wooton L48 (N), HI (I)
PRAR4 Prosopis articulata S. Watson mesquite PP
ROCO6 Rottboellia cochinchinensis (Lour.) W.D. Clayton itchgrass, corngrass, raoulgrass PP L48 (I), PR (I)
RUFR80 Rubus fruticosus L. [excluded] wid raspberry PP
RUMO4 Rubus moluccanus L. [excluded] Molluco raspberry PP
SASP Saccharum spontaneum L. wild sugarcane PP (N), HI (I), PR (I)
SAVE6 Salsola vermiculata L. wormleaf salsola, Mediterranean saltwort PP L48 (I)
SEPUP3 Setaria pumila (Poir.) Roem. & Schult. ssp. pallidefusca (Schumach.) B.K. Simon L48 (I)
SEPA82 Setaria pallidifusca (Schumach.) Stapf & C.E. Hubbard, orth. var. cattailgrass PP
SOTO4 Solanum torvum Sw. turkeyberry PP (I), L48 (I), HI (I), PR (I), VI (I)
SOVI2 Solanum viarum Dunal tropical soda apple PP L48 (I)
SPAL3 Spermacoce alata Aubl. [excluded] winged false buttonweed PP
STRIG Striga Lour. witchweed PP (N), L48 (I)
TRPR5 Tridax procumbens L. coatbuttons, tridax daisy PP (I), L48 (I), HI (I), PR (I), VI (I)
URPA Urochloa panicoides P. Beauv. liverseedgrass PP L48 (I)


†CodeNoxious Status
ILAP Invasive aquatic plant
PP Plant pest

*CodeNative Status
I Introduced
I,N None
N Native
W Waif

*CodeNative Status Jursdiction
L48 Lower 48 States
AK Alaska
HI Hawaii
PR Puerto Rico
VI Virgin Islands
CAN Canada
SPM St. Pierre and Miquelon

1 Mediterranean clone  
2 other than native or widely distributed species  

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