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Common Reed

Phragmites australis

A large grass with stout, almost woody, stems often used for thatch roofs. It is found in wet soils, especially in roadside ditches. It has a much branched flower head. It spreads rapidly and widely by means of rhizomes and stolons. Tolerates salt water.

Photo of Common Reed

Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension