One of the most attractive of foliage plants when in spring it produces a tall basal clump of beautifully divided, veined leaves which continue up the stem. Easy to grow in partial shade and damp moist deep soils.
Commonly seen on wet or marshy ground where large stands of reed make for a fabulous East Anglian sight. Tall flowering stems and broad leaves that sway and bend in unison in the slightest breeze. Extensively used as the Norfolk Reed of thatching.