First and foremost I would like to say, what you do with your plants is up to you. That being said however, I wanted to make sure everyone here is aware of the potential reprecussions of selling and shipping certain plants.
The aquatic/wetland plants listed below are on the Federal Noxious Weeds list. These plants are regulated and are prohibited from being shipped across states lines or from being brought into the United States of America.
R. Brown (mosquito fern, water velvet)
(Vahl) C. Agardh, Mediterranean strain (killer algae)
(Swartz) Kunth (anchored waterhyacinth, rooted waterhyacinth)
(Linnaeus f.) Royle (hydrilla)
T. Anderson (Miramar weed)
Forsskal (water-spinach, swamp morning-glory)
(Vahl) Blume (ambulia)
(Cav.) Blake (broadleaf paper bark tree).
(Burman f.) C. Presl
Aublet (giant salvinia)
Raddi (giant salvinia)
de la Sota (giant salvinia)
D.S. Mitchell (giant salvinia)
Dunal (wetland nightshade)
Linnaeus (exotic bur-reed)
For more information or updates please visit the APHIS website:
What this means to you:
Depending on which state you live in there may be other regulations pertaining to aquatic species of plants that are banned or regulated. Always double check the latin name against your state lists to make sure you are in compliance. Fines can range from $5000 and higher for federal offenses, and there is the possibility of jail times as well for non-compliance with the laws.
As I stated above, what you do with your plants is up to you. Please do not flush or dump any invasive plant. Let them dry out, freeze them, etc. However, the best solution I have found for them is to feed them to my apple snails. This way there is NO chance of any surviving and possibly causing problems with the local habitat.
Note from KyleT
: Also please be aware of the fact that there are many species of invertebrates and fish that are also illegal to ship across borders. Please be sure to check your local/state/national laws before shipping live species.