Certain flowers banned from entering U.S. from Mexico due to pests

With Valentine’s Day coming up, border crossers may want to bring flowers into the U.S. from Mexico, but certain rules apply to crossing into U.S. territory with these bouquets, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Some flowers are prohibited outright from entering the U.S. through ports of entry: chrysanthemums, gladiolas and orange jasmine. Any arrangements from Mexico with these flowers will not be allowed into the country, CBP says.

Most other flowers, if they pass inspection, are allowed into the U.S., but potted plants cannot be brought in from Mexico, CBP says.

All flowers and plants must be declared to agents at ports of entry, according to CBP.

The reason behind inspecting plants and flowers entering the U.S. is keeping the country’s agriculture free of harmful insects or disease, and CBP says they have specialists who inspect these plants.

Currently, the bans on chrysanthemums and gladiolas are to prevent the funguses “Chrysanthemum White Rust” and “Gladiolus Rust.” Orange jasmine may be a host for Asian citrus psyllid, which can be dangerous for citrus plants. 

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