Dramatic plants that produce the easily recognized dense 6” cylindrical spikes of brown flowers topped by a ‘tail’ of tan male flowers from May through July, decorative female spikes persist into winter, 1’ wide stiff bladelike gray-green leaves grow as tall or taller than the flower spike, cut immature flower heads for flower arrangements (fresh or dried), spreads easily (aggressively) by creeping rootstocks to form dense stands in shallow water up to 1’ deep, used by a variety of wildlife, favorite nesting habitat for red-winged blackbirds.
Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-11
Other names: Broadleaf Cattail
Native Range: AK across s. Canada to NS & throughout the ‘lower 48’
Germination - Easy: Plant outdoors in spring. Surface sow. Keep soil very wet.
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