Cal-IPC Projects

  • Volutaria

    Desert Knapweed Containment

    Volutaria tubuliflora, or desert knapweed, is a plant from north Africa that has recently been found in California. These are the only known sites in North America. There are two small sites on the coast in San Diego County and Orange County, and a major infestation in Borrego Springs, 50 miles inland in the Sonoran Desert. This infestation has spread over 15 square miles, and range modeling shows that desert knapweed would find suitable conditions across the American Southwest. in the 2016 superbloom, partners mapped and removed populations across the area during the January to April growing ...Read More
  • Knotweed

    Northcoast Knotweed Eradication

    Invasive giant knotweeds routinely make the list of the worst invasive species in the world. They have wreaked havoc in western Oregon and Washington, taking over riparian areas. There are only a handful of infested areas in California, and the main challenge is on the north coast, in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. Multiple species of knotweed, including Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), giant knotweed (F. sachalinensis) and Himalayan knotweed (Periscaria wallichii) are found in the region, at about 100 sites in all. Knotweeds are notoriously difficult to get...Read More
  • Limonium

    SF Bay Sea Lavender Control

    Cal-IPC and partners prioritized Algerian sea lavender (Limonium ramosissimum) and European sea lavender (L. durisculum) as top priorities for removal to protect San Francisco Bay tidal marshes. These plants are found in several other locations along the California coast (for instance, Morro Bay, Carpenteria Marsh near Santa Barbara, and San Diego), and are a prime candidate for early eradication before they spread further. California's salt marsh habitat is home to a unique assemblage of plants and wildlife, and much of this habitat has been lost to development. Few weed spe...Read More