Reed Sweet-grass: not the common reed but a common grass

Reed sweet-grass (Glyceria maxima) is a tall, waterside grass found by freshwater lakes and ponds, slow moving rivers and in ditches. It is quite common and until you know it even exists it would be easy to assume this is the common reed, Phragmites.  Once you know then the differences are quite obvious.
Firstly, reed sweet-grass does not grow as tall as the common reed and it does not form such large, dense patches. The flower heads are much greener than common reed and actually are formed quite differently if you compare the two. The flowers are in full flow in July and August. The leaves are narrower and there is a brown mark on the stem by the leaf junction. 
I can find no explanation as to why it is called sweet-grass but

Read more: Reed Sweet-grass: not the common reed but a common grass

Popular posts from this blog

Pelvetia canaliculata: the channelled wrack

Labyrinth Spider (Agelena labyrinthica)