Eurasian Common Reed
The Eurasian Common Reed (Phragmites australis sub-species australis) is a flowering plant in the Poaceae family of wetland grasses.
The Common Reed is found worldwide, and the Eurasian sub-species is found across Europe and Asia.
It can grow to 6 metres (20 feet) tall. It forms clusters called reed beds that can cover an area up to one square kilometre (0.39 square miles) due to its horizontal stolons (also known as root runners). It can grow in water or in damp ground.
The straight stems grow to 2-4 metres (6-13 feet) tall.
The leaves are 18-60 centimetres (7-23 inches) long and 1-6 centimetres (up to 2 inches) wide.
The flowers are dense, dark-purple panicles about 15-40 centimetres (6-15 inches) long.
The Eurasian Common Reed blooms in late summer.
Photographed at the Paris Botanical Garden, France, April 2023.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls