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Typha laxmannii

Also called Narrow-leaf European Cattail


 Suitable Substitutions for Typha laxmannii

Sparganium americanum

Sparganium americanum

American Bur-Reed

 

More About Typha laxmannii

  • Clumping, spreading stands of narrow sword-like leaves
  • Central flower stalks equal to the height of the leaves
  • Male and female flowers are held separately
  • Cylindrical flower remnants turn brown after fertilization
  • Male flowers disperse, leaving that familiar fruiting spike that will persist into the winter
  • Can self-seed or spread by rhizomes
  • Commonly invasive
  • Bloom Time: July to November
  • Foliage Height: 150 cm

Interesting Notes:

European cattail doesn't grow as tall as the native cultivars and is distinguishable by the stubbier fruiting spikes.

Zone:

3

Height:

100-150 cm

Spread:

200-500 cm

Colour:

Brown
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Dwarf Cattail / Graceful 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 may be necessary.


Typha laxmannii 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
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Bog or water garden
Bog or water garden

Soil Moisture

Moist to Wet Soils
Wetland (Root submerged)

Attributes

Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall
Summer

Habit

Spreading
Upright
Clumping

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Roadside planting
Naturalizing