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Plant Details

Typha latifolia

Common Cattail, Broadleaf Cattail, Cat-tail

Scientific Name:

Typha latifolia

Genus:

Typha

Species Epithet:

latifolia

Common Name:

Common Cattail, Broadleaf Cattail, Cat-tail

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Typhaceae (Cattail Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft., 3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Brown

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Wet, Aquatic

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Fresh waters of ponds, lakes, ditches, marshes, including in tidal freshwater marshes. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

many sources state this can become weedy or even invasive in certain conditions. Works well in containers or small contained ponds.

Leaves

image

David Gallagher
Jun '09

Blooms

image

David Gallagher
Jun '09

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America
NC State Extension


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