{"id":5655534502037,"title":"Common Cattail (Typha latifolia)","handle":"typha-latifolia","description":"\u003cp\u003eA tall, rhizomatous perennial plant of wetlands, ponds, and lakes. This species is widespread across North America and is well-known for its ability to absorb pollutants and act as a bioremediator. All parts of the plant are edible*; if using this plant in that way, be careful that it is grown away from contaminants. Cattail provides structure in wetlands, where wildlife can perch safely above the waterline and some birds nest between its stalks, such as Red-winged Blackbirds and Marsh Wrens.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"margin: 0in 0in 12.0pt 0in;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Segoe UI',sans-serif; color: #212b36;\"\u003eNote: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Segoe UI',sans-serif; color: #212b36;\"\u003eThis plant is rich in local Indigenous food traditions, we strongly recommend that non-Indigenous people take time to understand and study before using this or other native plants.  Please take the time to learn about this plant with the proper resources such as the book \u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-family: 'Segoe UI',sans-serif;\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/publications.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca\/product\/saanich-ethnobotany\/\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/publications.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca\/product\/saanich-ethnobotany\/\"\u003eSaanich Ethnobotany\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e by Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e*Edibility depends on the preparation of the plant. Always do your own research prior to consuming plant parts and eat at your own risk. \u003c\/em\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"sfncontainer\"\u003e\n\u003cbutton class=\"accordion\" type=\"button\"\u003ePlant Details\u003c\/button\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"accordion-panel\"\u003e\n\u003ctable class=\"single_plant_view\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctbody data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ehabitat\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ePonds, lakeshores, wetlands, and marshes\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003elight\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eFull sun\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" 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data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ecompanion plants\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eSoft-stemmed Bulrush, Pacific Water-parsley, Inflated Sedge, Woolly Sedge\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003c\/tbody\u003e\n\u003c\/table\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cbutton type=\"button\" class=\"accordion\"\u003eSeed Details\u003c\/button\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"accordion-panel\"\u003e\n\u003ctable data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"single_plant_view\"\u003e\n\u003ctbody data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eseeds\/packet\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eseeds\/gram\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eseeds\/square meter \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/satinflowernurseries.ca\/a\/faq\" title=\"How do I calculate how much seed I need?\"\u003e*?\u003c\/a\u003e\n\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003esquare meters\/gram\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003egermination\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003eSow in fall or early spring for germination in the same season.\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr 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tall, rhizomatous perennial plant of wetlands, ponds, and lakes. This species is widespread across North America and is well-known for its ability to absorb pollutants and act as a bioremediator. All parts of the plant are edible*; if using this plant in that way, be careful that it is grown away from contaminants. Cattail provides structure in wetlands, where wildlife can perch safely above the waterline and some birds nest between its stalks, such as Red-winged Blackbirds and Marsh Wrens.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"margin: 0in 0in 12.0pt 0in;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Segoe UI',sans-serif; color: #212b36;\"\u003eNote: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Segoe UI',sans-serif; color: #212b36;\"\u003eThis plant is rich in local Indigenous food traditions, we strongly recommend that non-Indigenous people take time to understand and study before using this or other native plants.  Please take the time to learn about this plant with the proper resources such as the book \u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-family: 'Segoe UI',sans-serif;\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/publications.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca\/product\/saanich-ethnobotany\/\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/publications.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca\/product\/saanich-ethnobotany\/\"\u003eSaanich Ethnobotany\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e by Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e*Edibility depends on the preparation of the plant. Always do your own research prior to consuming plant parts and eat at your own risk. \u003c\/em\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"sfncontainer\"\u003e\n\u003cbutton class=\"accordion\" type=\"button\"\u003ePlant Details\u003c\/button\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"accordion-panel\"\u003e\n\u003ctable class=\"single_plant_view\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctbody data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ehabitat\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ePonds, lakeshores, wetlands, and marshes\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003elight\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eFull sun\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003emoisture\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eWet\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eheight\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e1 to 3 m\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eflowering\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eJune to August\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ehabit\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eRhizomatous perennial herb\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth\u003eadvantages\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003eDeer-resistant, Edible\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ecompanion plants\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eSoft-stemmed Bulrush, Pacific Water-parsley, Inflated Sedge, Woolly Sedge\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003c\/tbody\u003e\n\u003c\/table\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cbutton type=\"button\" class=\"accordion\"\u003eSeed Details\u003c\/button\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"accordion-panel\"\u003e\n\u003ctable data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"single_plant_view\"\u003e\n\u003ctbody data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eseeds\/packet\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eseeds\/gram\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eseeds\/square meter \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/satinflowernurseries.ca\/a\/faq\" title=\"How do I calculate how much seed I need?\"\u003e*?\u003c\/a\u003e\n\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003esquare meters\/gram\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003egermination\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003eSow in fall or early spring for germination in the same season.\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eseeding info\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003c\/tbody\u003e\n\u003c\/table\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e"}

Common Cattail Typha latifolia

Plant Description

A tall, rhizomatous perennial plant of wetlands, ponds, and lakes. This species is widespread across North America and is well-known for its ability to absorb pollutants and act as a bioremediator. All parts of the plant are edible*; if using this plant in that way, be careful that it is grown away from contaminants. Cattail provides structure in wetlands, where wildlife can perch safely above the waterline and some birds nest between its stalks, such as Red-winged Blackbirds and Marsh Wrens.

Note: This plant is rich in local Indigenous food traditions, we strongly recommend that non-Indigenous people take time to understand and study before using this or other native plants.  Please take the time to learn about this plant with the proper resources such as the book Saanich Ethnobotany by Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda.

*Edibility depends on the preparation of the plant. Always do your own research prior to consuming plant parts and eat at your own risk. 

 

habitat Ponds, lakeshores, wetlands, and marshes
light Full sun
moisture Wet
height 1 to 3 m
flowering June to August
habit Rhizomatous perennial herb
advantages Deer-resistant, Edible
companion plants Soft-stemmed Bulrush, Pacific Water-parsley, Inflated Sedge, Woolly Sedge
seeds/packet Details coming soon
seeds/gram Details coming soon
seeds/square meter *? Details coming soon
square meters/gram Details coming soon
germination Sow in fall or early spring for germination in the same season.
seeding info Details coming soon
Size
$10.00
Maximum quantity available reached.

Growing From Seed

Growing your own native plants from seed is the most economical way to add natives to your project or home garden. The seeds of native plants have built-in dormancy mechanisms that protect them from germinating before killing frosts or periods of drought.

In cultivation, the successful gardener must become familiar with these conditions to unlock the dormancy mechanism and stimulate germination. We are developing thorough seed germination categories in the Seed Details section above to help you successfully grow the native seed we sell. 

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