Photographer: Steve C. Garske
Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud.
common reed, common reed grass
Phragmites: from Greek phragma, "a fence or screen, hedge," hence growing in hedges
Restricted Invasive - Eradicate!
|Status: ||Native - potentially invasive|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 3 1/5 - 16' tall, semi-aquatic, emergent grass, dense stands; stout rhizomes with summer forming buds|
|Flower: ||light brown to purple; inflorescence spreading spikelet of 3-7 florets with silky hairs; blooms July-Sept.|
|Leaf:||narrow to 30" long; gray-green|
|Habitat: ||shores, disturbed areas, water to 40" deep; in sediment soil|
|Notes: ||to eradicate apply herbicide to young leaves or cut stems; repeatedly mow for several years|