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botanical name:
Typha latifolia
Typha latifolia © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Bulrush, Reedmace, Common Cattail, Broad-leaved Cattail
family:  Typhaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 2.50m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: very fast
growth habit: grassy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: brown
stem/bark: green
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: wet/waterlogged soil, clay soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -35°C
USDA zone: 3 to 10
description:
Vigorous, rhizomatous marginal aquatic. Tall strap-shaped leaves. Characteristic dark brown flower spikes (spadix). in which the tiny male flowers are positioned above the female ones but usually with no apparent join between the sections.

cultivation:
Shallow water or mud at the edges of ponds, lakes, canal and other slow-moving water. Normally grows in freshwater but tolerates slightly brackish marshes.
Easy to grow and fast, but can be invasive.

propagation:
By seed or division of rhizomes.

usage:
The leaves have often been used for thatching.
The fleshy rhizomes are edible.

other notes:
Widespread global distribution. Native and common to Northern Europe, including Britain.

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