Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Beauty & The Beast

Andy | Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | Best Blogger Tips

It looks beautiful but it also has a dark side. Phragmites is a very aggressive plant that spreads rapidly and out competes native species for water and nutrients. This invasive species thrives in disturbed habitats and is often among the first species to colonize these areas. Invasive Phragmites has an intricate system of specialized roots that secrete toxins into the soil to impede the growth of and kill neighbouring plants. While it prefers areas of standing water, its roots can grow to extreme lengths. These roots can also extend deep into the soil to find and access moisture, allowing the plant to survive in relatively dry areas.


  1. Sound a bit like Japaneese knot weed or Hymilan Baslm we have over here along the river banks

  2. I often wonder why these invasive species are introduced into a certain locale.

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