This site hosted by, 2007 Stewart Road, Harsens Island, Michigan 48028.

It's Phragmites, Phragmites australis, Phragmites communis, common reed, common reedgrass, giant reed, giant reedgrass, elephant grass, water reed, cane, yellow cane, Roseau, or roseau cane.

It's pronounced frag-MY-teez.


"It's time to take control of the Phragmites"
This website was started in August 2007 by the people of Harsens Island, Michigan who are ready to take control of the Phragmites which have invaded their island. Phragmites is the common reed plant which has taken over much or our shoreline, many of our canals and a major portion of the island's wetland areas. It out competes the native plants and creates a monoculture of reeds. It reduces the biodiversity of plants and therefore the biodiversity of animal life. It limits views, limits access to the lake, rivers and canals for recreational purposes, it reduces property values and is a fire hazard to many buildings.


General homeowner / landowner introduction to phragmites available at


WIPE-IT Hebicide Applicator


Phragmites Control Events including Workshops

Bob's Powerpoint Presentation
This is an 9 meg file and may take a minute to load.

Bob's Notes

Herbicide and Surfactant Information

Herbicide Safety

Michigan Permit Information


Phragmites Control in Michigan

Phragmites Control in Clay Township, Michigan

Phragmites Control on Beaver Island, MI

Phragmites Control in Charlevoix, MI

Phragmites Control in Grand Traverse Bay, MI

Phragmites Control in Emmet County, MI

Invasives Control (including Phragmites) by Huron Pines AmeriCorps, MI


Phragmites Control in Virginia

Phragmites Control in Maryland

Phragmites Control in Pennsylvania

Phragmites Control in South Carolina

Phragmites Control in Ontario


Phragmites Newsletter

If you would like to be on a general email list to receive notices of other phragmites control events and information about controlling phragmites send your name to along with a message which says "subscribe." Archives of previous issues are available at Newsletter Archives.



Harsens Island Phragmites Committee

A committee has been formed to continue to study the phragmites problem on Harsens Island and its solutions. We welcome others who would like to join the effort by further researching the topic and sharing knowledge on eliminating phragmites. If you are interested contact Bob Williams at or call Chuck Miller at 810-748-7209.



Bob Williams - 248-388-0465,
Stewart Farm, 2007 Stewart Rd., Harsens Island, MI 48028
For a map to the farm go to