Common Reed grows in shallow water on lake edges, marshes and brackish lagoons. It can form vast areas of waving foliage such as in East Anglia where it’s is a great habitat for warblers, buntings, bearded tits and Marsh Harriers. Flowers late in August and September so is a good food for finches. The flower heads are used extensively in flower arrangements and it is the reed used in reed beds to filter and clean polluted water.
Seed from Shropshire
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