Phragmites (Phragmites australis) is an aggressive-growing, exotic emergent plant that is infesting Michigan’s coastal areas, wetlands, and lake shores. Plants can exceed 15 feet in height and obstruct shoreline views and uses. Phragmites can greatly reduce the diversity of desirable native plants, including the native variety of Phragmites, and reduce wildlife habitat.
Phragmites australis. Aquatic plant
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of the University of Florida Center
for Aquatic Plants (Gainesville).
Some municipalities have adopted ordinances or are considering ordinances to facilitate Phragmites control, and some lake communities are conducting treatments financed through special assessment districts. For more information about Phragmites visit: