(KMOV) – The Missouri Department of Conservation said people need to get rid of what’s being called a “poison weed,” or even evil.
“Honeysuckle can weave itself in amongst our native plants and it becomes a very difficult challenge, “said Mike Arduser with the MDC.
Bush Honeysuckle is becoming a bigger problem around St. Louis. It gets a stronghold and chokes off the other plants native to the region. The smaller plants can be pulled out by the roots.
When the Bush Honeysuckle gets bigger, people need to cut the plant down and treat the stump with herbicide.
One Achilles' heel bush honeysuckle has is it stays green late into the fall...only green thing out there...easy target,” said Arduser.
Birds eat the berries off the bushes and the seeds pass through them, so the bushes can spread rapidly.
Click here to learn more on how to get rid of the dangerous plant.