Phrag Friday: Is It or Isn’t It?

Phrag Friday: Is It or Isn’t It?

Identification – Is It or Isn’t It?

To control Phragmites it is important to know the difference between invasive Phragmites (Phragmites australis subspecies:  australis) and native Phragmites (Phragmites australis subspecies:  americanus).   The following chart helps to distinguish non-native Phragmites from the native subspecies in the Great Lakes region.

Source: Michigan Natural Features Inventory

To view pictures that highlight these differences, check out:

Still not sure, here are some video clips that may help:

So . . .  is it or isn’t it?  Ask yourself these questions:

What colour are the stems?

What colour are the leaves?

How quickly do the stems break down?

How dense are the seedheads?

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