Wetland Plants: Cat-tail

Photo of Narrow-leaved Cat-tail

Over the years, I've developed a strong affinity for Cat-tails (Typha spp.).  As if the food they provide was not enough (the immature flower spikes and pollen, shoots, and rhizomes are edible), they also offer a salve-like medicinal goo, long leaves for crafting mats, hats, and Cat-tail ducks, round stalks for fire-making, and tons of fluff for winter insulation.  They also offer sites for the nests of Red-winged Blackbirds, dense protective cover for Northern Raccoons and Virginia Rails, starchy rhizomes for hungry Muskrats and Geese, and countless other gifts to their wetland neighbors.

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