Grass Family : ( Poaceae : Arundineae )
Latin Name : Phragmites australis
Longevity : Perennial
Season : Warm
Origin : Native
Wildlife – good
Livestock – good
Common Reed is readily identified by its height. This plant is the tallest grass in southern marshes, springs, and along the banks of streams and lakes. Grows best in firm mineral clay soils. Tolerates moderate salinity. This grass does best if the water level fluctuates from 6 inches below the soil surface to 6 inches above. Although the leaves are coarse, common reed is readily eaten by cattle and horses. It provides high quality warm-season forage in the early stages of growth, but becomes tough and unpalatable after maturity. Mexicans of the southwest have used common reed for lattices in constructing their adobe houses and the Indians used the stems for arrows and for weaving mats and carrying nets.