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Typha latifolia

Broadleaf cattail

Typha latifolia is a plant native throughout the southeast, found primarily in wetland habitats. It grows in full sun to part shade, and in soils that are wet to moist. It has tall grass-like leaves that die back in the winter, and typically grows five feet or higher. It has unique elongate clusters of flowers that resemble a cat’s tails (hence the common name Cattail). Small mammals eat the rhizomes of this plant, and birds use them for nesting material. Typha latifolia can be a vigorous spreader, so it is best placed in areas where it is safe to establish a colony. It is a great plant for wetland mitigation projects.

Species name - Container sizeCommon nameStockPriceQuantity PricingAdd to request

Plant type

  • Grass / Grasslike

Mature Height

  • Up to 6'

Wetland Indicator Status

  • (OBL) Obligate wetland


  • Bird Supportive
  • Fast Growing / Vigorous

Planting Zone

  • Shallow Water
  • Littoral Shelf
  • Vegetated Shelf
  • Living Shoreline

Classification by Use

  • Constructed Wetland
  • Erosion Control
  • Wetland Mitigation