General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: In Water
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 36 - 72 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Water gardens
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Suitable for forage
Eating Methods: Raw
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Needs specific temperature: fluctuating temperatures
Other info: seeds are minute
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Monoecious
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Cattail
  • Common Cattail
  • Broadleaf Cattail
  • Marsh Beetle
  • Marsh Pestle
  • Flaxtail
  • Catninetail
  • Punks
  • Corn Dog Grass
  • Raupo.
  • Broad-Leaf Cat-Tail
  • Common Cat-Tail
  • Water Torch
  • Candlestick
  • Bubrush
  • Bulrush
  • Cossack Asparagus
  • Flags
  • Reed Mace
  • Reedmace
  • Black Cap
  • Blackamoor
  • Cat-o-Nine-Tails
  • Great Reed Mace
  • Bugg Segg
  • Broad-Leaved Cattail

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  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Dec 7, 2013 10:34 AM concerning plant:
    Native in the Pacific Northwest and much of North America, found in marshes, ponds, and ditches. Food source for many marsh animals - wrens, blackbirds, waterfowl and muskrats.
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