Purple plant

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Praxelis clematidea is a relatively new exotic plant in Florida. It is native to South America, and has no common name at this time. Since its discovery in 2006, the plant has been documented in 6 counties of central Florida where it is encroaching on the Lake Wales Ridge. Praxelis was added to the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council’s List of Invasive Plant Species in 2015 due to the danger it presents to native ecosystems. Because it is so new to Florida, little is known regarding the control of this exotic. Early USDA reports suggesting that Praxelis is toxic to livestock are false. FWRI research has shown cattle readily consume Praxelis in confined situations, and may be a potential biological method of controlling this invasive.