Aldi recalls two garden shrubs listed as toxic invasive species in Spain

The plants had to be withdrawn from sale. / on

The supermarket chain asks anyone who has bought these plants to bring them back to one of its stores, where they will be reimbursed

The supermarket chain Aldi has withdrawn two types of plants from sale because they are listed in the Spanish catalog of toxic invasive species, says the consumer association FACUA-Consumidores en Acción.

The shrubs in question are labeled as Gardenline ‘Mariposa Buddleja’ and ‘Florece abundantly Polygonum aubertii’. Aldi says they “do not meet defined quality standards”. The EAN code for both items is 2004060016702, and Aldi is asking anyone who purchased the plants to return them to one of its stores and they will be refunded. Customers can also contact Aldi by email or by phone at 900 902 466.

Invasive alien species

The Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge indicates that the Spanish catalog of toxic invasive species includes “all species and subspecies that constitute or may constitute a serious threat to native species, habitats or ecosystems or to resources associated with the use of natural heritage”. He claims that these invasive alien species are one of the main causes of biodiversity loss in the world.

In the case of the products that Aldi sold, the Mariposa Buddleja, whose scientific name is “Buddleja davidii”, is native to Tibet and central China. It grows rapidly and vigorously and competes with and displaces native species, especially riparian vegetation, and interferes with the pollination of native species, primarily by Lepidopteran insects. Its main route of entry is as an ornamental species but, once introduced, it develops naturally by seed dispersal.

The ‘Abundant Florece Polygonum aubertii’, with the scientific name Fallopia baldschuanica, is also known as Tibetan vine. It is a climbing plant that “compete favorably with native vegetation”, according to the catalog, displacing it and hindering its regeneration. It also has a detrimental effect on native wildlife that is unprepared to use this plant.

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