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Typha latifolia

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Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Wetland Grasses, Ornamental Grasses

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: high

Soil Moisture: wet

Soil Description: rich, average, clay, sand

Height: 4'-6'

Bloom Time: April, May, June, July

Bloom Color: yellow, green

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Additional Tags: attracts birds, bog plant, colonizing, cut flowers, dried flowers, emergent, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, stream margin plant, swamp plant, water garden plant, wetland plant

Typha latifolia (broadleaf cattail)
  • Typha latifolia (broadleaf cattail)
  • Typha latifolia (broadleaf cattail)
  • Typha latifolia (broadleaf cattail)
  • Typha latifolia (broadleaf cattail)

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Description

Typha latifolia

Also known as:

broadleaf cattail

,

cattail

,

common cattail

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Typha latifolia closely resembles Typha angustifolia, but has broadr foliage. It is also more widely distributed.

Cultivation

An emergent plant that can be grown in permanent inundation of up to 12". Will colonize aggressively. If grown in a small pond or water garden, it may be recommended to keep the plants in pots, to control their spread. Once established, this species is difficult to remove.

Additional Notes

Common cattail is a well deserved name, as this species can be found in every contiguous state, and as far north as the arctic circle. Provides valuable shelter for small mammals and waterfowl.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Typhales
Family Typhaceae Cat-tail family
Genus Typha cattail
Species Typha latifolia broadleaf cattail