Common Reed Variegated - Phragmites Australis variegatus - 1L Pot The Common Reed is an invasive grass with dark purple flowers blooming in summer and autumn. It grows up to 3 metres in height, and forms an extensive colony of erect, leafy stems with floppy linear leaves. The leaves have rich, bright yellow stripes in spring to early summer, which then fade to pure white. Characteristics Foliage Colour: striped yellow, white Flower Colour: purple in summer and autumn Approx. Growth Height: 2.5m - 4m Max. Spread: 2.5m - 4m Flowering Time: summer Planting Time: spring/summer Uses: waterside, bog gardens, wildflower gardens Exposure: exposed, sheltered Growing Habit: tufted Hardiness: hardy Rate of Growth: max height in 5-10 years Requirements Light Requirements: full sun Moisture: poorly-drained or moist but well drained Soil requirements: acidic, neutral, alkaline, boggy, loamy, sandy, chalky Planting Plant in deep, fertile soil in a full sun location. Caring and Maintenance This is a very low maintenance, hardy plant. Water adequately during dry and hot periods. Propagate by division from early spring to early summer.