Phragmites (also known as Common Reed) is a cane-like grass that grows from 12 to 16 feet tall,
forming dense stands. Its stems are round and hollow with flat leaves along the length of the stem.
The leaves are long (up to 24 inches by 2 inches wide) and gradually taper to a point.
The seed head is at the end of the stem and is multi-branched, 8 to 16 inches long.
Silky hairs along the flowers axis give it a silky appearance.