Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Common Reed

Phragmites australis is a perennial grass with the common name of Common Reed, growing 1.8 to 6M tall and 70 to 100cm wide. Its leaves are narrow and flat, with its blades arching. Flowers are feathery and are egg shaped. These flowers appear in spring, where it can be erect or drooping and tinged with brown or purple.

Naturally it lives near shores, where it only grows effectively on the edges of waterways. Full sun is required and constant moisture a must. Common reed is also tolerant of both frost and salt, being a hardly plant requiring little to no care.

Common reed also uses rhizomes to spread, allowing it to become a weed in some areas.

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