A reed bed is a strand of Phragmites communis
In botanical terms a reed bed is a strand, often extensive, of Phragmites communis – Common Reed. These occur naturally in various locales but always within shallow water bodies often with fluctuations of a metre over the seasons.
Phragmites tolerate a wide spectrum of conditions including colonising brackish water.
Phragmites is a heavy feeder and is a filter plant able to help clean contaminated water and is used extensively for final sewerage works.
In normal conditions of restoration and contamination purposes a planting rate of a minimum of 4 number mature plants per 1 metre square is recommended.
We raise our stock from seed that is collected in January and February and then processed and raised as plugs.
A seed collection service to ensure local provenance is available.