Phragmites australis

Phragmites australis_common reed_JM DiTomaso_cropped
Photo: Joseph DiTomaso

Common names: common reed

Phragmites australis (common reed)

Global genetic issues make it unclear which strains may be non-native in California. Non-native strains on the East Coast are major invasives there. Phragmites is sometimes problematic in California, but it is unclear whether it was historically present in all regions of California. Listing inconclusive.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

Other Phragmites australis Information

  • Bugwood - National database from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.
  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.