Broadleaf Cattail

(Typha latifolia)

Broadleaf Cattail

Leaves Flowers
broadleaf cattail leaves broadleaf cattail flower

Growing habits: Tall perennial with large creeping rhizomes, often found growing in waterlogged areas

Root anatomy: Fibrous root network with large creeping rhizomes

Leaf anatomy: Thick linear leaves, flattened, leaves taller than inflorescence stalks, firm with some give, sheath open at throat but closed around stem base

Reproduction: Spadix-like inflorescence, dense, brown-gray color, staminate flowers on upper portion of spike, pistillate flowers on lower portion of spike

References: Weeds of the South by Charles T. Bryson and Michael S. DeFelice