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Invasive Species in Michigan

What is it?

Phragmites is on Michigan's Invasive Species watch list. It is a tall reed with a feathered top. Its leaves attach to the stem in an alternating pattern and are a greenish blue color. This species can grow to be 15 feet tall!

Impacting Local Habitats

Phragmites grows in super thick patches which prevents native plants from growing. It also makes it hard for animals (including humans) to access water sources. Phragmites can also deplete nutrients in the soil.


The best way to remove and prevent Phragmites from spreading is with controlled herbicides OR by pulling it or weed whacking it regularly.

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