Do not open, plant or discard the mystery seeds that Alabama residents have been receiving from China.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) continues to receive reports from citizens who received unsolicited packages from China containing seeds.

Nancy Loewenstein, an invasive plant expert with Alabama Extension, said the seeds could be potentially invasive.

“These seeds could be from a known invasive species, like kudzu or cogongrass or they could be a weedy species with invasive potential,” Loewenstein said. “While it’s possible these seeds do not pose a threat, people should never plant seeds received in this fashion.”

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