Phragmites in the mist

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Comments (14)

Lecleire Jacques on March 2, 2008

Beautiful picture Kamaly, well done !

Greetings, Jacques

Marilyn Whiteley on March 2, 2008

Phragmites is bad, but I must admit that you've given us a lovely picture of it! Greetings, Marilyn

kamalyn on March 2, 2008

Jacques and Marilyn, Thanks so much for liking this photo of Evil Phragmites on a dreary dreary day! Marilyn - I_know_ how bad they are -I'm in an environmental field, and we get paid to tell people how to get rid of them! But I can't help liking them, and looking through panoramio, I'm not the only one. They are just so photogenic, whether in fog or full sun or a sunset! I've even given them a tag. And Purple Loosetrife is the other evil evil plant I have such a hard time disliking!

Hope you're both making the best of winter! Cheers!

Nawitka on March 2, 2008

This is a lovely photo, kamaly. I was just thinking how lucky you are to see these Phragmites in all weathers, summer and winter, and to really learn how to use them to best effect. I was getting a little jealous actually, wondering what I might have around here that would be similar. I never bothered to look up what they were. Now you tell me they are evil? Too bad. Are they as evil as purple loosestrife? -- that's what we have consuming our freshwater wetlands. I don't have a problem hating that-- it's horrible!

Marilyn Whiteley on March 2, 2008

At our summer home in Wisconsin, I went to a nature program about invasive plants. They'd brought at Phragmites "show and tell." Not only did they bring the tall stalks, but they also dug out and brought (still attached) the huge horizontal runner that's one of the ways it spreads. It looked a bit like a bamboo cane though I know that structurally it's entirely different. New plants would come up from nodes along the way.

The nature preserve that sponsored the program includes a unique and sensitive area, and in selected area they are working to remove it.

kamalyn on March 3, 2008

Nawitka - yes, unfortunately phragmites is very invasive, and probably much more so than loosetrife, since it does fine in brackish water as well (all my photos are along salt marsh) and they can get to be really tall - like up to about 12' - so they block views in addition to the wetlands and pose dangers that way. And as Marilyn says, the root system makes them almost impossible to get rid of. You can spend years killing off all the roots and root fragments, etc. out of an area, and then water flows down river from somewhere else, and you're back to square one. This is a link to a plate about them on an Invasive Plants website with a bit more info.

But just like with purple loosetrife, Japanese Knotweed, mulit-flora rose, and Broom, there's a really obvious reason they got established and spread to start with: In small quantities they're beautiful! I know we were all fascinated with knotweed and phragmites when we were growing up. And obviously I still can't resist them.

And Marilyn, its interesting about loosetrife, since I've heard wildlife biologists and botanists say its really not so bad, also. But we've got whole river basins full of it here. In July its gorgeous, but scary when it seems to be the only plant in the basin.

Ryan Calhoun on March 8, 2008

The mist and dark trees are beautiful. I've never seen a phragmite before, other than in your lovely photos. I would think, from a biochemical standpoint, it would be rather easy to kill a plant which is all connected at the root. Of course, doing this while preserving the other plants and wildlife in the area is, perhaps, not so easy.


kamalyn on March 8, 2008

Thanks Ryan! Yes, chemicals aren't really acceptable for trying to kill phragmites (or much else in my opinion) especially since its a wetland plant so the chems. would kill huge amounts of other plants, wildlife, and spread through the ecosystem. Even Round-up, which is supposed to only stay in the plant and go to its roots, does get into the soil in spite of what they claim. (I tried it once on a really invasive weed in my garden, and nothing would grow in that patch for several years. The first re-settlers: more of the same noxious weed...)

bob-b-o on March 29, 2008


kamalyn on March 30, 2008

many thanks for your visit and your comments, bob-b-o!

kamalyn on February 18, 2009

Thanks so much again for finding so many of these little viewed photos from the back of the pack, Tonia.J Cheers!

i v a n n a on October 24, 2009



kamalyn on October 24, 2009

Thanks very much ivanna - Cheers!

i v a n n a on November 2, 2009

and again - hello ...))

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 1, 2008
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    by kamalyn
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
    • Taken on 2008/02/18 17:08:41
    • Exposure: 0.040s (1/25)
    • Focal Length: 13.20mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash