You may remember last spring that a plant called Fig Buttercup was in the
news. Fig Buttercup (Ficaria verna) is so aggressively invasive - and has
such a limited period of vulnerability - that it has actually been declared
illegal in several states, including South Carolina.
Last year the Clemson University Dept of Plant Industry reached out to the
public throughout the state to request that people recognize and report it.
Their request is still in effect and the public needs to be reminded! Fig
Buttercup is blooming now, and its bright yellow flowers make it easy to
spot. (See attached pics.)
Now is also the optimum time to treat it. This year a varied coalition of
agencies and organizations, led by the South Carolina Native Plant Society,
has joined forces to fund a massive effort toward controlling Fig Buttercup
in Greenville's Reedy River corridor.
These sponsors include the South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council,
Greenville County Soil & Water Conservation District, ReWa, Greater
Greenville Master Gardeners Association, and Friends of the Reedy River.
Invasive Plant Control, Inc, a nationally recognized invasive plant control
firm out of Nashville (www.invasiveplantcontrol.com), has been contracted to
treat Fig Buttercup along Greenville's centerpiece Reedy River and its
tributaries, including Lake Conestee Nature Park.
(I think IPC will be here through at least part of Thursday, March 19, if
you want to get an action photo.)
For more info, read
You may also contact
Bill Stringer, SC Native Plant Society, firstname.lastname@example.org, 864-979-3169
Sherry Aultman, Clemson University Dept of Plant Industry,
Nancy Williams, Greater Greenville Master Gardeners Association,
Danny Howard, Greenville County Soil & Water Conservation District,
The four photos attached illustrate Fig Buttercup's adeptness at colonizing
Please let me know if there's anything else I can provide that will help to
get the word out.
Thank you -
SC Native Plant Society