Typhaceae: Cattail Family

Narrow-leaved Cattail – Typha angustifolia

Blooms:

May–July

Plant Height:

1.5–3 m

Flower Size:

Large

Origin:

Eurasia

Habitat:

Wet disturbed areas, freshwater and brackish

Notes:

Cattails are unmistakable, with their long, flat leaves.  They have long, dense, solid-looking inflorescences, the male flowers below the female.  In this species, the leaves are slender, and the inflorescence is long and slender.  Usually, some bare stem is visible between the sections of male and female flowers.

Broad-leaved Cattail – Typha latifolia

Blooms:

June–July

Plant Height:

1.5–3 m

Flower Size:

Large

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Freshwater and brackish ponds and marshes

Notes:

Cattails are unmistakable, with their long, flat leaves.  They have long, dense, solid-looking inflorescences, the male flowers below the female.  In this species, the leaves are broad, and the inflorescence is comparatively fat.  There is no bare stem visible between the male and female flowers.