• Readily identified by its height.
• Is the tallest grass in southern marshes, springs, and along banks of streams and lakes.
• Grows best in firm mineral clay soils.
• Tolerates moderate salinity.
• 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. 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.