Plant family: Typhaceae - Cattail
Plant type: Aquatic Plant
Plant origin: N/A, California
Freshwater Wetlands, Riparian
Clay, Sandy Loam
Fire Resistance, Good in Containers, Hedges and Screens, Important to Native People, Lawn Substitute
Cattails are a tall, bunch growing water plant that is common to ponds and lakes in california. This grass is used as shelter by small mammals and birds alike, with the Red-winged Black Bird using it as nesting grounds. These plants are evergreen, going deciduous when heavy stress in induced. They flowers are long poles, with a round cylinder atop the tip, carrying the white seeds that are spread via the wind. They prefer full sun and can thrive in more clay-like soils.
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