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Cattail


Typha selections

Cattail

Cattails provide a tall, textured background along the margins of a water garden and also serve as perches for small birds and dragonflies. The fuzzy heads are actually seed capsules that form after the greenish flowers fade. Cattails have been proven to filter out harmful toxins from water. Their thick foliage is a haven for wildlife. One note: cattails can be aggressive spreaders in the garden.

Light:
Sun
Zones:
2-11
Plant Type:
Perennial,Water/Bog Plant
Plant Height:
To 8 feet tall
Plant Width:
Can spread indefinitely
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Attractive Foliage,Winter Interest,Dried Flowers,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

(Typha latifolia) grows to a height of 8 feet tall and features narrow, strap-like leaves with tall, fuzzy-headed stalks. Zones 3-11
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(Typha angustifolia) forms a tall background of narrow dark blue-green leaves and fuzzy stalks. It grows 6 feet tall. Zones 2-11
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