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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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Why is this species a problem?

Policeman’s helmet forms dense patches that begin in open, disturbed areas, especially streams. Once established, policeman’s helmet easily moves into undisturbed, high-value habitat. These dense patches reduce plant and animal diversity as they choke out other species. They also increase stream bank erosion and increase the possibility of landslides.

Policeman’s helmet spreads primarily by seed, but it is also capable of rooting wherever the stem touches soil. Management is relatively easy, though it requires extra attention to detail. Missing a few plants sometimes means returning to square one.    

                  seeds spread by running waterspread by plant swapsseed spread by animal fur