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Dramatic plants that produce the easily recognized dense 6 inch cylindrical spikes of brown flowers topped by a "tail" of tan male flowers from May through July, decorative female spikes persist into winter, 1 inch 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 foot deep, used by a variety of wildlife, favorite nesting habitat for red-winged blackbirds.

Moist To Wet
Full Sun
3-9 foot tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-11
Deer Resistant

Native Range: AK across s. Canada to NS & throughout the "lower 48"

Germination - Easy: Plant outdoors in spring. Surface sow. Keep soil very wet.

Common Cattail 3.5 inch pot $9.75 (Temporarily Sold Out*)

Common Cattail Seed Packet $4.00

*We normally carry this item but are temporarily sold out. We expect to have it available again as soon as our plants in production reach sufficient size/maturity or we harvest more seed. In some cases, plants may be recovering from caterpillar damage (Monarchs love our Milkweed), wind or hail damage, rampaging woodchucks, downed trees, or other natural issues. We are constantly updating our web site so please check back again.

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