Common Reed

(Phragmites australis)

Common Reed

Leaves Ligule Flowers
common reed leaves common reed ligule common reed flower

Growing habits: Tall, stout, warm-season perennial

Root anatomy: Fibrous roots spreading from rhizomes and stolons

Leaf anatomy: Leaves linear, rolled inside bud but flattened at maturity

Reproduction: Inflorescence a dense, branched panicle flanked by tuft of silky trichomes

References: Weeds of the South by Charles T. Bryson and Michael S. DeFelice