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Phragmites Australis - The Common Reed

Traveling through Nelson County from Colleen to Gladstone, a few friends and I passed by some plants that grew really tall that resembled grass. Upon our return, I asked a friend to take a few photos of the plants, which I assumed were some sort of rush or reed. Not certain concerning such plants, I joined a plant identification list and they confirmed what I'd found was a common reed -- the invasive Phragmites australis reed.

It appeared that one deliberately planted clutch of the stuff spread. A few plants, dwindling in number, were slightly east of the clutch. Apparently seeds were transported by the wind. And that made sense, since the woods to the east had been clear cut, allowing a breeze to prevail. I attach the photos and include a video reference.

Common Reed

Image Credit » Vince Summers by S. Korte

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MegL wrote on August 21, 2017, 4:58 PM

Why is it the invasives always spread so easily and the native plants are often dying out!

VinceSummers wrote on August 21, 2017, 5:38 PM

Yes. And why is it there are native plants with Asian varieties that look similar but that take over the Universe? Like wisteria, bittersweet, etc.?