Skip to Main Content
Plants of the UNF Campus

Typha latifolia - Cattail
Family Typhaceae


About ten species of Typha are native around the world. They are herbaceous plants, aquatic or semi-aquatic. This species ranges across northern Africa, Asia, Europe, 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.

Care Instructions:

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.