Phragmites (Common Reed or Phragmites australis)

Phragmites

Credit: Robert & Mihaela Vicol/publicphoto.org
Where did phragmites come from?
  • Phragmites probably came to the United States via natural migration.
Why is it a problem?
  • Phragmites is very aggresive and has replaced much of the native reed.
  • Phragmites forms massive monocultures in otherwise biologically diverse natural wetlands.
How does Phragmites spread?
  • Phragmites spreads by seed and by long rhizomes.
How do we control Phragmites?
  • Cutting, pulling, mowing or burning can be done and should be repeated for several years.
  • Chemical herbicides can be very effective.
  • Flooding for an extended period during the growing season may also be successful.

Phragmites

Credit: Robert & Mihaela Vicol/publicphoto.org





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