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Plant Name:

Broadleaf Cattail

Scientific Name:

Typha latifolia


Broadleaf Cattail is a tall, native perennial plant with long, broad leaves and distinctive brown cylindrical flower spikes. It forms dense stands and is often found in wetland areas, providing important habitat and food sources for various wildlife species.


Marshes, wetlands, ponds, lakeshores


Broadleaf Cattail provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds, mammals, and insects. It also helps stabilize wetland soils and improve water quality.

Growing Conditions:

Broadleaf Cattail thrives in wet soils and shallow water in full sun to partial shade.


Broadleaf Cattail has various practical uses, including in traditional crafts, as food, and for its fibers. It is also used in wetland restoration and wastewater treatment.

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Fun Facts:

Broadleaf Cattail is sometimes referred to as "Common Cattail" or "Broad-Leaved Typha".

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