Example of a Noxious Weed

Edmonton is full of vibrant and beautiful communities. The City of Edmonton works with communities to reduce the spread of regulated weeds by educating citizens to identify, prevent and control noxious/prohibited noxious weeds. These plants might look harmless, but they can do serious damage to our local ecosystem.

There is often confusion about some of these plants, particularly Creeping Bellflower, Oxeye Daisy, Dame’s Rocket, and Himalayan Balsam, because:

  • They are beautiful
  • You can purchase them at local greenhouses or big box stores
  • It is difficult to distinguish between ‘good’ plants and noxious/prohibited noxious plants

Please refer to the Grow Me Instead brochure to learn which plants are regulated and which plants are good alternatives.

The Government of Alberta regulates the spread of noxious weeds and prohibited noxious weeds through the Weed Control Act.

The City doesn't regulate nuisance weeds, like dandelions, on private property but does control both noxious and nuisance weeds on public property using green turf management practices.

Prevention is Best

Control noxious and prohibited weeds early by regularly inspecting your property. Educate yourself on noxious and prohibited noxious weeds using the Weed Identification page.

  • Noxious weeds must be controlled — mowing is often enough to control them
  • Prohibited noxious weeds must be destroyed so they cannot spread
  • Be cautious when planting non-native seed mixes, as noxious weeds can be part of the mixes
  • Choose native plants that are not invasive

Check out some tips to keep your yard healthy.