“One of the great ironies of battling invasive plants is that many of them are legal to buy and plant in Texas. The City of Austin is one the few cities in the country that keeps a list of locally invasive plants that it works to control. It includes the plants glossy privet and elephant ear.
“That’s another one that we’re working to replace with native vegetation, and that’s principally by manual means,” said John Clement with the Austin Watershed Protection Department. “We have crews going, out digging it up and immediately replanting with native plants.”
Both of those plants are legal to buy and re-introduce into the ecosystem. Clement says he doesn’t mind that fact, but others do.” Read more and listen from KUT