Tuesday, April 04, 2006

It Came From eBay

Hey America: If you're looking for invasive plants to garden with, look no further than eBay...

  • For only $10 plus shipping, you can be the proud owner of your very own Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)!
  • Perhaps a Glossy Buckthorn is more to your liking? If so, the 'Fine Line' cultivar may be for you. It's "non-invasive" of course, and completely sterile! (Well, not completely)
  • Oooo! Horned Poppy (Glaucium flavum)! And the seller says that they are *RARE* - do you think by "rare" she means "invasive"? The species is already a problem on the east coast of North America, maybe the goal is to get it naturalized throughout all of Canada?
  • Saving the best for last: Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). Can't ship to Ohio though...lucky Ohio. The buyer might want to check the other 49 U.S. states, since it is certainly illegal to plant purple loosestrife in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Wisconsin...

Update: Here's another one: Phragmites australis. It's the best invasive "Giant Reed GRASS Bamboo PLANT" you'll ever grow from seed!

Update 4/6/2006: Toren has noted in the comments that the Purple Loosestrife auction linked to above has been removed...perhaps someone reported it. But never fear, if you act within the next 17 hours you can still buy some Purple Loosestrife seed fresh from Ohio.

Interested readers may also want to check out this 2003 ISW post for a list of other invasive plants that have been bought and sold on eBay.


John B. said...

For only $10 plus shipping, you can be the proud owner of your very own Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)!

That's a ripoff! The seller should be paying the buyer to take it.

Jennifer Forman Orth said...

The auctions where people are trying to to sell the weeds right off of their property are my favorites!

Anonymous said...

I keep trying to convince people that buying plants from ebay is a bad idea. Not only because of the invasive plants, but because they're probably more likely to be infested with invasive *insects* as well.
Fortunately, that same lack of understanding on how to properly ship plants might mean a higher percentage of them turn up already dead.