Common Reed Phragmites australis - 3L Pot
The Common Reed is an invasive grass with dark purple flowers blooming in summer and autumn. It grows up to 3 metres in height, and forms an extensive colony of erect, leafy stems with floppy linear leaves which become brown as the summer turns to autumn.
- Foliage Colour: green in spring and summer/brown in autumn
- Flower Colour: dark purple in autumn and summer
- Approx. Growth Height: 2.5m - 4m
- Max. Spread: 2.5m - 4m
- Flowering Time: summer
- Planting Time: spring/summer
- Uses: ponds
- Exposure: exposed, sheltered
- Growing Habit: tufted
- Hardiness: hardy
- Rate of Growth: max height in 5-10 years
- suitable for medium and large ponds
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Moisture: poorly-drained
- Soil requirements: acidic, neutral, alkaline, boggy, loamy, sandy, chalky
Plant in deep, moist soil in full sun. This plant is invasive, so it is best (if space is limited) to grow in containers sunk in water to restrict growth. Aquatic and marginal plants should be placed in pond plant baskets filled with aquatic soil (sold separately) and topped with a thin layer of gravel to help prevent the soil from washing away. This plant is suitable for zone 1 and 2 of a pond.
Caring and Maintenance
This plant is very low maintenance but it should be cut back after flowering to prevent it from spreading too far.
Pond Plant Benefits
Marginal and pondside plants add interest, colour and structure to ponds, and offer the benefit of delightful fragrance. They are ideal for places near to patio or decking areas, where their sweet aroma can be appreciated. The plants can be positioned around the perimeter of a pond or on levelled shelves for original and attractive exposure. Marginal plants should be planted in boggy ground or shallow water for optimal growth results.