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Southern Cattail
Southern Cattail

Southern Cattail

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Typha domingensis

Origin: Southern US, East to West Coast

Improvement status: Wild

Seeds per packet: ~3000

Germination tested: 7/2021: 45% (Hard seed: 0%  Dormant seed: 22%)

Life cycle: Herbaceous Perennial

Zones: 5-12

Ornamentally Cattails might be a good choice in a rain garden, pond edge, or other riparian setting. Traditionally they are a perennial starch source and plant medicine. To prepare the starchy roots, some care must be taken to remove fibers. Young shoots can be eaten from the inner white parts of the stalk, sauteed and like asparagus. Industrial and agroforestry uses include riparian streambank stabilization, water filtration, thatching, and biomass production. An overlooked wetland super-plant, various parts of the plant especially the pollen have medicinal properties as well. This is a species more adapted to the Southern climates of the US. 

8'. Full Sun. Wetland soil. Brown seed heads from Mar-Aug. 

These seeds were produced by our friends at Ernst Conservation Seeds in Meadville, PA.

Growing Tips: Direct seed in Fall, on a moist or riparian site.