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Green Landscaping: Greenacres
Native Plants of the Great Lakes
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Cinna Arundinacea / Family:
Common Wood Reed, Swink/Wilhelm # 5
FLOWERING: Early August.
SEED TIMING: Mid-October through November.
HABITAT: Moist woodlands and floodplains. Also moist clearings and muddy pond margins in upland woods.
DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 3 - 6 feet high. A very tall grass with a large feathery, full inflorescence about 6 inches long. Wide, coarse, folded leaves which taper to a point. The gray-green panicle turns staw-colored when ripe.
TO PICK: Dry, light-tan seeds strip easily from panicle when fully ripened. Sometimes it is necessary to pick when the seed is not entirely ripe. In such a case it is best to clip the stalk and allow seeds to ripen in a paper bag.