Scientific Name: (Phragmites australis)
• 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.
Note the long runners.