Scientific name: Typha latifoli
Great reedmace is familiar to many of us as the archetypal 'bulrush'. Look for its tall stems, sausage-like, brown flower heads and green, flat leaves at the water's edge in our wetland habitats.
StatisticsHeight: up to 2m
When to seeJanuary to December
AboutGreat reedmace, also know known as 'bulrush', is a familiar plant of freshwater margins, such as the edges of ponds, lakes, ditches and rivers. Its impressive stance - with long leaves and tall stems - makes it stand out from other wetlands plants. Its sausage-like flower heads are unmistakeable; these appear from June to August, but the plant persists through the winter, often dying back to a brownish colour from its usual green.
How to identifyGreat reedmace has tall stems bearing cylindrical, brown flower heads that are topped by a spire of smaller, male flowers. It also has long, wide, grey-green leaves.
In our area
Reedmace is commonly found around pools and lakes with high nutrient content. They can also be found growing along canals and slow flowing rivers such as the Roden and the Tern.