Phragmites australis (syn. Phragmites australis subsp. australis) | ‘Common Reed’ | 25 seeds
Phragmites australis (syn. Phragmites australis subsp. australis) is a large perennial grass or reed of the family Poaceae (which also includes the genus Phalaris), found in temperate and tropical wetlands. Apart from the typical form, several subspecies and varieties are officially recognised: Phragmites australis subsp. altissimus, Phragmites australis subsp. americanus and Phragmites australis var. marsillyanus.
Known popularly as the ‘Common Reed’, australis spreads quickly and habitually forms extensive stands/reed beds covering an area of up to one square kilometre! Individual plants can reach over five metres in height (presuming a fertile growing situation), although are only two to three centimetres across. The plant forms wide and flat leaves, grey-green in colour, which average around twenty to fifty centimetres long by two to three centimetres wide. These turn brown toward autumn, resulting in the dry, hard and hollow canes we know as “reeds”. Australis‘s flowering period occurs in late summer, when surprisingly impressive and feathery purple flowers appear, up to fifty centimetres in length.
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