Controlling Invasive Phragmites
Phragmites australis is an invasive plant species present in London, and is considered to be the worst invasive plant in Canada. The City of London is an identified leader among other municipalities and levels of government in demonstrating a proactive approach to the management of invasive species in our Parks, Woodlands and Environmentally Significant Areas (ESA's) since 2006. The City has been managing invasive Phragmites in ESAs since 2013 in partnership with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA). These efforts will be expanded under the London Phragmites Management Strategy (LMPS), a City-wide Phragmites management document to be completed in early 2018.
Help Prevent the Spread of Phragmites
- Report a Phragmites sighting.
- Learn to identify Phragmites to avoid accidental spread through plant fragments or seeds.
- Never buy or plant invasive Phragmites. See Ontario Invasive Plant Council’s Grow Me Instead guide.
- Do not compost Phragmites, contact your local Environmental Depot to properly dispose of plant matter.
- Inspect and clean clothing, pets, maintenance equipment and vehicles when leaving an area that you suspect contains Phragmites.
- Refer to Ontario’s Invasive Phragmites - Best Management Practices for more information on preventing the spread of Phragmites.
Frequently Asked Questions