Invasive Phragmites (European Common Reed) is an invasive plant causing damage to Ontario's biodiversity, wetlands and beaches. Invasive Phragmites is a perennial grass that has been damaging ecosystems in Ontario for decades. It is not clear how it was transported to North America from its native home in Eurasia.
|What is it?||Phragmites is an invasive plant.|
|Where did it come from?||Eastern Europe and Asia|
|Where is it found?||Marshes, riverbanks, and wet ditches throughout Southern Ontario, with some found in Northern Ontario.|
|What does it do?||It reduces native plant biodiversity, and provides poor habitat for wildlife. Phragmites stands have many dead stalks which are highly flammable, increasing the risk for wildfires.|
|What can you do?||Clean your shoes, bike and dog after hiking or biking!|