Invasive Phragmites across Manitoba
Invasive Phragmites, also known as European Common Reed, is starting to show up across Manitoba.
This aggressive plant is one of Canada's worst invaders and is identified by the Invasive Species Council of Manitoba (ISCM) as a concern, based on its potential to cause serious impacts to the environment, economy and society.
Invasive Phragmites has the potential to overtake native plant life, resulting in unhealthy wetlands that exclude other species, affect drainage and can cause fire hazards.
Invasive Phragmites is regulated by the recently amended Noxious Weed Act and as an Aquatic Invasive Species under the Water Protection Act in Manitoba. There are currently a minimum of 12 documented sites of Invasive Phragmites in Manitoba with additional unconfirmed reports. These infestations are usually found in constructed or altered landscapes across Manitoba.
For more information, please read Invasive Phragmites Press Release