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Typha latifolia/Cattail

Typha latifolia / Typha latifolia
Hundreds of floral parts crowded in dense terminal sausagelike (cattail) spikes
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Hundreds of floral parts crowded in dense terminal sausagelike (cattail) spikes

Upper yellow portion are male flowers and lower green section are female flowers

Cinnamon colored cattails and reedlike foliage

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Scientific Name: Typha latifolia
Common Name: Cattail
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: The tall narrow grass-like foliage and large sausage shaped fruiting bodies are special features of this wetland plant. Cattails can tolerate nearly any growing conditions from wet to dry soils and full sunlight to partial shade and are somewhat salt tolerant. Plants often escape cultivation and become a nusiance around bodies of water so careful management of their spread is recommended.