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An ounce of prevention: Plant Pono works with nurseries to help stop invasive species | Hawaii Tribune-Herald

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Night-blooming jasmine, a fragrant plant that is a favorite of gardeners around Hawaii, has a secret.

Source: An ounce of prevention: Plant Pono works with nurseries to help stop invasive species | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ounce-of-prevention-plant-pono-works-nurseries-to-help-stop-invasive-species).

Accessed on 16 May 2016, 15:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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The Hawaii Invasive Species Council is using the “Plant Pono” program to stop the spread of invasive species on Hawaii Island.  The program is paying particular attention to some popular plants used in local gardens and nurseries, such as the night-blooming jasmine and medinilla.  These plants are favorite haunts of invasive coqui frogs and a variety of harmful insects.  According to reporter Ivy Ashe, the Plant Pono program founded in 2011 by Hawaii’s Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species, “seeks to fill the nursery education gap between what is technically allowed and what is ultimately harmful for Hawaiian biodiversity.”

In April, the Plant Pono program attained a landmark when Wal-Mart agreed to phase out sales of the night-blooming jasmine and medinilla, “another plant in the early stages of becoming invasive.”  The ban will affect all Wal-Mart stores in Hawaii.  Wal-Mart also agreed to work toward full Plant Pono endorsement, ” a program that includes promoting native species and ensuring that pests like little fire ants and coqui frogs are not spread via sales.”


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