Common reed (Phragmites)

Aquatic Invasive Species
Phragmites australis

  • Tall wetland grass species that grows up to 6 meters high. Found throughout the U.S.
  • Considered invasive particularly along the Atlantic Coast and much of the Midwest.
  • Spreads by means of rhizomes that can reach down almost 2 meters below ground.
  • Forms monotypic stands (200 stems per square meter) that crowd out native plants and reduce wildlife habitat.