Plant Base Online (beta)

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
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.

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.

By seed or division of rhizomes.

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.
Deeproot tree logo

You can also install Plant Base on your computer:

  • self contained application
  • more features
  • update and add records
  • larger and higher quality pictures
  • fast and efficient
  • always available, no connection needed
  • Windows, Mac and Android

details ...