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Common CattailFenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail

Common cattail (Typha latifolia)


Common cattail, or roundleaf greenbrier, is a semi-evergreen wood vine. Pale thorns run along the vine with black tips and it blooms with yellow and white flowers. It can be found in both dry and wet forests and grows along the ground and up trees.
Typha latifolia

Gardening Tips

Care Known Problems How to Harvest Mature Size Notes/Uses
This vine is tolerant to dry and moist soil, and prefers an acidic pH of under 6; It is not self-fertile, so it spreads via rhizomes; If the plants are to be reproduced you would need two separate plants of different sexes, not flowers Is endangered in Canada Rhizomes would need to be harvested from the roots in early spring Length: up to 20 feet Has been involved with enough home fires to be given a flammability warning