Phragmites (Phragmites australis)

Phragmites is a perennial wetland grass that can grow to be 20' tall. it has dull, rigid and hollow stems and can persist throughout winter.

Leaves: Leaves are very smooth, narrow, and grayish green in color.

Flowers: Blooming in July through September are large purple-brown, turning golden brown with age feathers.

Fruits & Seeds: Thousands of seeds are produced annually but viability is usually low.

Roots: It has a dense network of roots and rhizomes the can grow up to 6' deep.

Ecological threats

  • Phragmites invade moist habitats including lake shores, river banks, and roadways.
  • After invading a site it quickly takes over and creates increased fire potential.

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