It's pronounced frag-MY-teez.
It's Phragmites australis, Phragmites communis, common reed, common reedgrass, giant reed, giant reedgrass, elephant grass, water reed, cane, yellow cane, Roseau, or roseau cane.
Walpole Island 40' phragmites flames. photo by Chuck Miller
"It's time to take control of the Phragmites"
In August 2007 I started this website and Phragmites.org for the homeowners of Harsens Island, Michigan who were ready to take control of the Phragmites which had 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. Our township has 8600 acres of phragmites. That is fourteen percent of our land and water. 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, destroys valuable landscaping and is a fire hazard to many buildings and overhead utilities. Don't let this happen to you.
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