Common Cattails (Typha Latifolia)
Common Cattail, also known as Cat Tails, Cat-O-Nine Tails, has long, flat, blade-like green leaves and it flowers with a brown spike above the foliage in late summer to early fall, depending on zone. Common Cattails grow 3 - 10 feet tall or taller, and prefers shallow water. Common Cattail is usually found along wetlands, marshes and edges of ponds. Common Cattails add vertical interest to a pond as well as filtering runoff and prevents shoreline erosion on ponds and lakes. Common Cattail acts as a habitat for many species of birds and wildlife.
Height 3 - 10 feet tall or taller
Width 2 - 4 feet wide
Sunlight Requirements Full sun to part shade
Moisture Requirements Very moist to wet soil with up to six inches of water above the soil
Zone Hardy in zones 3 - 10
Plant your Cattails in very moist to wet soil with up to six inches of water above the soil. It is better to plant a cattail plant that has been trimmed back to 12 - 18 inches, as they are easier to handle and there is less chance of them falling over before the roots have had a chance to grab the soil. Plant your cattails in full sun to part shade. Cattails can be aggressive and can take over a small pond very quickly.