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May 25, 2020 10:45 AM CST
Helena, Montana
Are cattails protected by the govt. or can any one grow them in there yards?
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May 25, 2020 11:02 AM CST
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Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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You can grow them in your yard.
But they are protected in that you can't help yourself if you see them on either State, Federal or private land.

You might be able to get the homeowners permission to dig some. But let me tell you that they are going to require clean circulating water. Slow moving water at that.
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May 27, 2020 7:55 PM CST
central ohio (Zone 5b)
I think this is the sort of thing that varies between states and even between counties.

We toured a part of our state that is a natural wetland, with serious canals and water management issues, and when someone mentioned cattails, all the natives swore up-and-down that they were protected, you weren't allowed to touch them, and all of us from out of town were like 'its a weed, nobody cares'. We concluded regulations were different.

Unfortunately, that probably doesn't answer your question very well.

However, if you want to grow them, not rip them out, the term you are looking for is 'noxious weed'. Those are the plants the government says you aren't allowed to grow. Try searching for your state/county and noxious weed listing.

I didn't see anything about cattails being a noxious weed anywhere, but I also am not up on all the various species and latin names to be sure. I imagine there are a number of things that may be colloquially called 'cattail' in different regions.
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May 27, 2020 8:20 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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I imagine protective status depends upon whether the cattails are native or not. But that doesn't mean you can't grow them, it means you can't collect them.
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