The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Noxious Weed Advisory Committee has chosen the following species to have risk assessments prepared for them in 2023 and 2024. These risk assessments will be improved by more accurate distribution information.

 The table below has the species with links to webpages with photos and identification information.

Common Name

Scientific Name

Asian copperleaf

Acalypha australis

hardy kiwi

Actinidia arguta

creeping meadow foxtail

Alopecurus arundinaceus

Russian olive

Elaeagnus angustifolia

autumn olive

Elaeagnus umbellata

queen of the meadow

Filipendula ulmaria

yellow archangel

Lamium galeobdolon, Lamiastrum glaeobdolon

rough potato

Metaplexis japonica

stiltgrass, eulalia

Microstegium vimineum

butterfly dock

Petasites hybridus


Petasites japonicus

small leaf bramble

Rubus parvifolius

fast-growing hybrid willow, goldencurls, Austree

Salix matsudana x alba

white crack willow, hybrid crack willow

Salix x rubens

false spirea

Sorbaria sorbifolia

European mountain ash

Sorbus aucuparia & hybrids & cultivars


Vinca minor


If you are currently managing any of these plants, it would be really helpful if you shared your experience with me.

Thank you for your help!


Laura Van Riper
Terrestrial Invasive Species Program Coordinator | Ecological and Water Resources Division
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, Box 25 
St. Paul MN 55155-4025
Phone: 651-259-5090

Town Hall Office Hours:
Monday – Wednesday 8:30am – 12:30pm
Otherwise please call 651.460.2221 to set up an appointment.

2537 240th Street West
Farmington, MN 55024