Phragmites Variation

Phragmites variation

Common reed, Phragmites australis, grows throughout Minnesota in wet areas. Larger forms, left in photo are likely non-native. The native form is shorter, has smaller flowers that are light brown to beige in color, and the plants are often light green to yellow green. The larger form shown here has much wider leaves, bigger darker flowers, and the plants were an additional 3 feet in height ( I could not reach the base of the plant to cut it lower.)

Flowers from the native common reed, left; and exotic right in photo.

Phragmites flower variation

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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist
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2 Responses to Phragmites Variation

  1. Read says:

    Hi, would you know how to identify phragmites vs arundo donax? The darker green one looks more like arundo to me but I’m not sure if we’ve been misidentifying what grows near me in Thailand. Thanks!

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