Behold Phragmites Australis, also known as “common reed grass,” “giant reed” or “ditch reed. ” Whatever name this tall (up to 20 feet high) grass goes by, it is a non-native plant that has established a real foothold in Wisconsin, wrecking havoc on shorelines and wetlands, crowding out native species of plants and in some cases, pushing animals from their established cover.

Setting aside those grim facts for a moment (“…but other than THAT, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”) I was bedazzled by the reed’s seed head after a recent rain. The rain had temporarily pushed the phragmites down so that many of those red/purple tasseled heads were at my eye level.






  1. Lignum Draco says:

    Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I.

    Those introduced species always seem like a good idea at the time.

    • And bemused at the dumbitude of our own species some times. I heard that a utility company here had introduced them to aid in shoreline erosion control. Perhaps an apocryphal story, but the sort of thing that we are really good at.

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