Phragmites: Native Vs. Invasive Varieties

The tassels of common reed plants blowing in the wind

Phragmites or common reeds include native as well as introduced species of grasses. The non-native phragmites are outcompeting native vegetation and pushing out the native phragmites. Learn more about the differences between native and non-native phragmites. Quick Facts about Phragmites: Botanical name: Phragmites australisHeight: 7 to 15 feet (2 to 5 m)Spread: 9 feet (3 m)Sun exposure: Full sun to part shadeSoil requirements: Moist to wet light, medium, or clay soilHardiness zones: USDA zones 4-10; UK zone 5When to plant: Do NOT plant invasive subspecies australis. Plant native species in spring. Phragmites Or Common Reed: Native Vs. Invasive Varieties Common reed (Phragmites australis) is a grass with native and non-native varieties found in wetland areas, along stream and pond edges, lake shores, marshes, and low-lying ditches. It is important to learn the differences between the two species so you can eliminate the highly aggressive, non-native species on your property and […]

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