|Published:||Jun 03, 2013 6:17 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 03, 2013 9:57 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The Brazilian Pepper Tree was brought into Florida in the mid-1800s as an ornamental species.
Now, it's your money and the city of Cape Coral wants to spend more than a million dollars of it to remove the exotic plant.
Almost $1.4 million would be spread out over three years from 2013 to 2015 to fight these invasive species.
You can find the invasive Brazilian Pepper Rree all over Cape Coral. The plant is easily recognizable by its red berries. But don't be fooled, the plant is a noxious pest. Environmental biologist Craig Hankins says it forms dense thickets and chokes out natural plant life.
The seeds are easily spread by birds, and it's one of the most aggressive exotic pest plants in the state.
The city's had different programs over the years to get rid of it in part, to also get rid of a trash problem. "It was partly because they form these big clumps, people like to come and dump refrigerators and dishwashers and stuff in them," said Hankins.