This site hosted by StewartFarm.org, 2007 Stewart Road, Harsens Island, Michigan 48028.
This website provides basic homeowner / landowner information about Phragmites. For more detailed information see our sister website at Phragmites.org.
Phragmites is a common reed plant which has taken over shorelines, canals, drainage ditches, wetlands and prairies in the Midwest. 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 lakes, rivers and canals for recreational purposes, reduces property values and is a major fire hazard.
It's Phragmites, Phragmites australis, Phragmites communis, common reed, common reedgrass, giant reed, giant reedgrass, cane, yellow cane, Roseau, or roseau cane.
It's pronounced frag-MY-teez.
See our sister website
for technical information on controlling Phragmites, herbicide safety and permits.
The following links are to a two two-minute videos by the
The following link is to a video about Phragmites on Beaver
Radio Interiew about Phragmites
The following link is to an eight minute audio file of an interview on WEMU radio.
After going to this link click on the MP3 box in the upper right corner of that page to listen.
The following link is to The Stewardship Network archives of a webcast from August 12, 2009, "Phragmites Control" Presented by Bob Williams of Phragmites.org and Ellen Kohler of the Board of the Watershed Center- Grand Traverse Bay. To support the efforts of the Stewardship Network there is a $15 fee which can be paid online by credit card. https://www.kintera.org/AutoGen/Register/Register.asp?ievent=323207&en=inJDJFNoH8IyHOOoG2JyFQMtFhLTLTMrHdKIJVNvHbKFILMqErH
The following link is to The
Stewardship Network archives of a webcast from August 13, 2008, "Phragmites
Lessons from the Field: Research & Control" Presented by Ernie Kafcas,
Michigan Department of Natural Resources & Bob Williams of Phragmites.org.
To support the efforts of the Stewardship Network there is a $15 fee which
can be paid online by credit card.
Phragmites Powerpoint Presentation
The following link is to a pdf file of a 45 page powerpoint presentation by Jim M. Swearingen or the National Park Service presented in Jan. 2008. This presentation can help you identify Phragmites, distinguish between the native and exotic varieties, and understand its growth and spread and the ecological threats it poses.
The following links are to websites which will help you identify Phragmites and the differences between native and introduced phragmites. Introduced Phragmites are not native to the United States and are sometimes also refered to as "European" or "Invasive" varities of Phragmites. When it comes to Phragmites these terms all mean the non-native variety. It should be noted that the native variety does not pose the threats associated with the non-native type and native Phragmites should be protected from destruction.
Plant Conservation Alliance
The following link is to The State of Michigan DEQ 8 page
printable brochure on phragmites control writen primarily for landowners.
A Landowner's Guide to Phragmites Control
The following link is to The State of Michigan 46 page printable
brochure on Phragmites control writen primarily for land or resource managers
from agencies, organizations, and business and extension agents or others
in a similar position. It is more technical in nature than the Landowner's
Guide referenced above.
A Guide to the Control and Management of Invasive Phragmites
Phragmites Email Newsletter
If you would like to be on the Phragmites.org email newsletter list to receive notices of phragmites control events and information about controlling phragmites send your name to Newsletter@phragmites.org along with a message which says "subscribe."
If you would like to be on the Phragmitesinfo list-serve to share information on phragmites with others who are on the list-serve send your name to email@example.com along with a message which says "subscribe." You will receive emails which other members post about Phragmites and you will be able to post messages yourself.
Other Phragmites Websites
Phragmites.org - Harsens Island, Michigan
Phragmites Information Site - Barb Lucas, Beaver Island, Michigan
Michigan DEQ - Control and Management of Invasive Phragmites
Control in Charlevoix, MI
Bob Williams - 248-388-0465, Bob@StewartFarm.org
Stewart Farm, 2007 Stewart Rd., Harsens Island, MI 48028
For a map to the farm go to http://www.stewartfarm.org/map.pdf