Height up to 2m tall.This is a tall and robust perennial reed which often forms vast stands near freshwater margins. The spikelets are purplish-brown in colour, the green leaves being long and broad.
Flowers August to September, but turns brown and remains throughout the winter. Found in marshes, pools, and other freshwater habitats. A common and widespread species.
The Common Reed is an important plant in nature conservation for it supports a large amount of wildlife. It is also used to thatch roofs.