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Common Cattail (Typha latifolia) - Wildflowers

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Common Cattail
Typha latifolia

Common Cattail in flower
Common Cattail in flower

Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Sun
 
Mature Height
3 - 9 Feet
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
3 - 10 
 
Native To:
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan
Missouri
Ohio
Wisconsin
 
Soil Conditions
Wet
 
Bloom Color
Green
 
Bloom Season
May - July
 

Features

Numerous tiny female flowers in a sausage-shaped cluster. A more slender grouping of tiny male flowers sits directly above the female grouping. The female flowers, when pollinated form the well-know cattail.

Culture

Full sun; moist to wet soils; grows well in standing water.

Notes

Found in marshes and other wet areas. This plant will spread underground to form dense stands.