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Typha latifolia

Also called Common Cattail


More About Typha latifolia

  • Clumping spreading stands of sword-like leaves
  • Central flower stalks, equal to the height of the leaves, hold male and female flowers
  • Cylindrical flowers turn brown after fertilization
  • Male flowers disperse, leaving that familiar fruiting spike used in floral arrangements
  • Can self-seed or spreads by rhizomes
  • Commonly invasive
  • Bloom Time: June to July
  • Foliage Height: 200 cm

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario, and most of the world. Seeds, stems and roots are edible cooked, mashed, or ground into powders.

Zone:

3

Height:

125-200 cm

Spread:

200-500 cm

Colour:

Brown
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Broadleaf Cattail Growing and Maintenance Tips

Cattails grow best in shallow water along pond edges or in swamps. They provide cover and food for wildlife. Roots can go deep, and become difficult to remove. If planting in small ponds, a root restrainer will be necessary.


Typha latifolia Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Fast
Fast
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Edible
Edible
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Bog or water garden
Bog or water garden

Soil Moisture

Moist to Wet Soils
Wetland (Root submerged)

Attributes

Fruit
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Summer

Habit

Upright
Clumping

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Roadside planting
Naturalizing

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