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Phragmites australis, or common reed, is a wetland plant species found in every U.S. state.  It can grow up to 6 meters high in dense stands and is long-lived.  Phragmites is capable of reproduction by seeds, but primarily does so asexually by means of rhizomes.

Phragmites as a problem: It is invasive across much of the Midwest but particularly in the eastern states along the Atlantic Coast.

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How is Phragmites used in other parts of the world?


House with a thatched roof made of Phragmites stems, northern Germany

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What does Phragmites look like?


Phragmites in flower

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