Calflora
Taxon  Report   6465    
Phragmites australis  (Cav.) Steud.
Common reed
Phragmites australis, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.
Observation Hotline
(observation details)
one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

Bloom Period
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Phragmites
Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Communities: Alkali Sink, Creosote Bush Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, (many plant communities), wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Phragmites communis ssp. berlandieri
PLANTS: Phragmites phragmites
ICPN + PLANTS: Phragmites australis var. berlandieri
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More information about  Phragmites australis
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (PHAU7)

Phragmites Field Guide:  Distinguishing native and exotic forms of Phragmites australis in the United States. Jil Swearingen and Kristin Saltonstall (Plant Conservation Alliance)

Cal-IPC 2006:  Species Native to Part of California, but Invasive in Other Parts of the State


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Feb 20, 2019).