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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!