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Where did phragmites come from?
Phragmites probably came to the United States via natural migration.


Why is it a problem?

  • Phragmites is very aggresive and has replaced much of the native reed.
  • Phragmites forms massive monocultures in otherwise biologically diverse natural wetlands.


How does Phragmites spread?
Phragmites spreads by seed and by long rhizomes.


How do we control Phragmites?

  • Cutting, pulling, mowing or burning can be done and should be repeated for several years.
  • Chemical herbicides can be very effective.
  • Flooding for an extended period during the growing season may also be successful.