Common Reed | Phragmites australis

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1x plug plant (approx. 2-5cm above ground, 15cm of root structure below ground)

Introducing European Reed (Phragmites australis): a majestic wetland grass adorning water’s edge. With elegant, feathery plumes atop sturdy stems, it reaches heights of 2 to 4 meters, creating a picturesque scene in ponds, lakes, and marshes.

Ideal for bird enthusiasts, it offers nesting havens for warblers and bitterns. Thriving in diverse water depths, this resilient grass adds natural charm to aquatic landscapes. Enhance your garden’s allure with European Reed, a graceful and vital component of wetland ecosystems.


Botanical Information: Common Reed

Common Reed (Phragmites australis), a stately perennial grass, graces wetland habitats with its tall, slender form. Being a grass, this impressive plant stands as one of the most widespread and recognizable wetland plants. With feathery flower heads and robust stems that can reach heights of 2 to 4 meters, it adds a vertical elegance to aquatic landscapes.


Thriving in both freshwater and brackish wetlands, European Reed dominates the edges of lakes, ponds, rivers, and marshes. It displays a remarkable adaptability to varying water depths, creating dense stands in shallow or deeper aquatic environments. Its extensive rhizome system contributes to its ability to colonize and stabilize wetland habitats.

Benefits to Wildlife

Common Reed offers a multitude of benefits to wildlife. The dense stands provide ideal nesting sites for various bird species, including reed warblers and bitterns. The plant’s structure offers shelter for small mammals and amphibians, contributing to the overall biodiversity of wetland ecosystems. Additionally, the seeds of Common Reed are a valuable food source for many bird species.

Conservation Status in the UK

While Common Reed is not considered endangered, its invasive nature in certain ecosystems raises conservation concerns. In the UK, it is often managed to prevent its dominance and maintain the diversity of wetland habitats. Striking a balance between the ecological benefits it provides and its potential invasiveness is essential for its conservation.

Ease of Growing

In a garden setting, cultivating European Reed may be challenging due to its preference for wetland conditions. However, it is a self-sustaining plant in suitable habitats, requiring little intervention. Its ability to thrive in a range of water depths and soil types makes it a resilient species in wetland ecosystems.

In conclusion, Common Reed (Phragmites australis) stands as a testament to the grace and adaptability of wetland plants. Its towering presence, benefits to wildlife, and role in stabilizing aquatic habitats make it a crucial component of wetland ecosystems. While it may pose challenges in certain contexts, its conservation and management ensure its continued contribution to the ecological richness of wetlands in the UK and beyond.

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Additional information

Weight 3 kg



Flowering Months

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Light levels



Soil moisture

Waterlogged, Wet


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