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Common Reed Grass

Hamilton County Distribution

  • Roadsides
  • Stream banks
  • Wetlands
  • Disturbed locales
  • Ditches


  • Plumes are feathery and soft
  • Plants can reach 15 feet high
  • Leaves are lance shaped and alternate
  • Stems are hollow
  • The ligule (outgrowth where leaf connects to stem) is hairy
  • No joints in stem


  • Spreads by seeds and rhizomes
  • Dense stands displace native plants


  • Benefits from cutting or mowing
  • Dig small infestations (less than 15 plants)
  • Excavators work well for root removal
  • Apply herbicide to cut stems
  • Foliar spray with herbicide

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