Scientific Name: (Phragmites australis)
Phragmites
• Also known as the common reed.

• Can grow 6-15 ft. tall, creating a "forest" that blocks access to the water and displaces any other plants.

• Reed beds can alter wetland hydrology, degrade wildlife habitat, and increases fire potential.

• Spreads horizontally by sending out rhizome runners which can grown 16 or more feet in a single growing season.

• New growth is capable of breaking through pavement.

• A native form of this plant exists which can be relatively easy to differentiate for the educated observer.
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Note the long runners.