Typha latifolia - Cattail
About ten species of Typha
are native around the world. They are herbaceous plants, aquatic or
semi-aquatic. This species ranges across northern Africa,
and North America. Leaves are slender and
grass-like. Flower stalks stand among to above the leaves. Tiny flowers are
crowded into a dense cluster at the top of the stalk. The underground rhizomes
are starchy and eaten by wildlife and people. Colonies of this plant provide
cover for marsh birds.
See this plant along natural waterways throughout campus.
Herbaceous plant with underground stems and leaves about six feet tall.
Light: full sun
Water: requires a wet soil, tolerates flooding
Soil: adaptable to a wide pH range
This native plant is not commonly cultivated but is easy to grow in wet sites. It can be aggressive, especially in areas with fertilizer run-off.