Typha latifolia

Cattail Family (Typha latifolia)

Key Characteristics

  • Light green, flat leaves.
  • Flowers are in a dense brown spike at the top of a 4 to 8 foot stem.
  • Habitat – swamps, ponds, edges of streams, marshy areas.

General Information

The cattail has many edible aspects. The inner portion can be eaten raw, the flower spikes can be boiled and eaten and the pollen from mature flowers as well as the roots can ground up and used as flour.

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