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Cattail in bloom
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Cattail along shoreline

Typha latifolia

Perennial Grass-like

Height: 8 ft.

Availability: Medium

Growing ease: High

Moisture req.: wet

Exposure req.: sun - part shade


Plant description:

Cattail is quite common along lake shores and wetlands and often is only limited in its spread by water depth. It can outcompete other natives so plant it where you don't ming it spreading. The unique cigar like flowers provide interest, while the stand themselves provide nesting sites.

Keywords: aggressive, birds, fast, perennial (non-woody), spreading, upright, white

Articles that mention this plant: Guidance for Shoreline Plantings