Invasive Phragmites Everywhere by: Elisabeth Sangster

Phragmites are also more commonly known as Common Reeds. there are native reeds as well. These invasive reeds are originally from Eurasia.

Here are some structural characteristics of invasive phragmites. Phragmites can grow to be 15 feet tall! Also, Phragmites have a hallow steam. The phragmites leaves can grow to be 8-16 inches long! Phragmites also grow very quickly.

What behavioral characteristics do phragmites have? To start, a phragmite can release toxins from its roots into the soil, killing the surrounding plants. Phragmites also affect people who want to build a building. The phragmites will take up space so that the builders or workers have to get rid of the phragmites before they can build ,which is very hard for the workers and citizens.

Here are some examples of a phragmites natural habitat. They normally live in or near wetlands but, they can also live anywhere with water. For example, in roadside ditches, in a pond, or in a puddle. A phragmites native home is Eurasia.

Phragmites in a wetland

Here are some ways that the phragmites can spread and continue to grow. 1 way that they do this is something called stolons. Stolon are stems that are connected to a parent plant that can form new roots. Another way is seeds that get carried in the wind and spread.

  • Some impacts of invasive phragmites are , they spit out toxins out their roots and into the ground to kill other plants near the phragmites. As well, they take up a lot of room witch can affect agriculture and building development. Also, when their are phragmites on a property then the property values can go down. Phragmites are also a fire risk because they burn easily. The leaves on phragmites have very poor to no nutritional value so if animals eat them then they won't get the vitamins that they need.

Here are the examples of efforts to control the invasive phragmites. First, people are digging them up. Also people are mowing them down. Some other things people are doing is, they are burning phragmites, flooding them, and using herbicides.

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Elisabeth Sangster
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Created with images by kaboompics - "dry dried grass" • stux - "reed phragmites australis grass" • Matt Tillett - "Fragmite Blind" • jacopast - "_MG_1205" • stux - "lake mountains panorama" • stux - "reed phragmites australis grass"

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