Phragmites (frag-might-ees) is a giant reed from Eurasia that has moved into our region. In Essex and Kent where it is well-established, the stands are so dense (and up to ten feet tall) that even turtles can't push through them and are found dead, trapped by the reed's stems.
Other plants are eliminated when Phragmites takes over.
Want to see it. There is a stand nearby, at the corner of the Frontenac Road and No. 7 Highway. There is an even larger stand behind the smokeshop at Silver Lake.
Phragmites spreads not only by wind-blown seeds but it also sprouts from pieces of roots that get moved.
It is not an ornamental. Do not bring it to Kennebec Lake – willingly or on machinery.