Cattail

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CATTAIL
Southern cat-tail
Typha domingensis - Typhaceae, Cattail Family

DESCRIPTION: Erect, clump forming reed-like, perennial plant
Height:  Tall, to 8 feet
Flowers: Brown in dense cylinders on 8 foot stems. The male flowers are in a cluster at the top and just below is a cluster of female flowers, late spring through summer
Fruit: Tiny, inconspicuous
Foliage: Green, tall, narrow 8 feet long, 1
inch wide
Growth rate: Medium

REQUIREMENTS:
Sun: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Mud or shallow water
Drainage: Poor
Water: High water requirement
Maintenance: Medium: can easily over take apond
Propagation: Division of root system

NATIVE HABITAT: Resaca, ponds, quiet streams, canals, ditches and swamps

WILDLIFE USE: Many bird and animals use cattails for shelter. The red-wing blackbird uses them to nest and hide in. Deer
graze on the stems and flowers.

COMMENTS: Cattail is a very aggressive plant, best grown in a stout container, without holes, or it will take over your wet area.


 

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