Rapp beach plants
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is asking the public to nominate species of invasive plants that could be added to the current list of Virginia Noxious Weeds (any plant species that is detrimental to crops, surface waters, desirable plants, livestock, land or other property, or injurious to public health, the environment or the economy).
This newspaper knows of an entire hillside near Woodville that has so many invasive Chinese Ornamental Silvergrass beach plants — planted by a previous homeowner a decade ago and now sprouting up everywhere —that it resembles a beachfront lot in Nags Head.
The agency has developed a science-based assessment tool, which the public can access at vdacs.virginia.gov/plantindustry-services-noxiousweeds.shtml, for the nomination, evaluation and consideration of plants considered noxious weeds.
The department’s Noxious Weeds Advisory Committee will evaluate all suspected weed species submitted in the coming weeks.