Wavyleaf Basketgrass in Virginia

What is Wavyleaf Basketgrass?

Wavyleaf basketgrass is a growing threat to our forests, but one that can be stopped. Originally identified in Howard County, MD in 1996, by 2004 it had colonized the Potomac River and moved south along the Blue Ridge into the Shenandoah National Park.

Wavyleaf basketgrass is a shade-tolerant perennial grass with high potential to overtake other plants and become one of the worst invasive plants in our area. This section has pictures and descriptions to help you identify it if you see it.

Wavyleaf basketgrass (Oplismenus hirtellus ssp. undulatifolius) is sometimes mistakenly identified as Japanese stiltgrass, Arthraxon, or native Deer Tongue. Learn how to tell them apart.

Wavyleaf basketgrass is one of many exotic, invasive plants that have been introduced to our area. Read more about how invasive species like this one crowd out native trees and create other problems in our forest.

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