Genus Phragmites Grass Family (Poaceae or Gramineae)
This plant tolerates the disturbances of "civilization" better than
most. This is because it spreads from underground rhizomes as well
as germinating from seeds.
Whenever the land or waterways are dredged or disturbed, the effect
is to break apart and redistribute the rhizomes. Then the colonies
of plants grow back even thicker than before.
This is the tallest grass that grows in our area -- up to 12 feet
tall or more. It grows in marshy places, often crowding out other
species such as cattails.
The genus name is taken from the Greek word phragma, meaning