Cattails

Cattails are common wetland plants characterized by the brown spike perched above a stalk growing amid leaves that look like swords.

These plants can reach a height of 2-10 feet and present a yellow flower between May and July.

The plants provide an excellent place for fish to nest and hide in garden ponds and are a food source for other wildlife such as ducklings.

The plant itself dates back to the dinosaur era, thus making it one of the oldest plants. It grows in dense stands arising from rhizomes which are thick stems.

Cattails are bog plants.

Another fact about this bog garden plant is that it is a food that the American Indian used but that our early settlers did not think much of, instead descimating its natural habitat.

In addition to the standard size there is a dwarf that grows to a height of only 4 feet, making it perfect if you do not desire or have the room for the standard.

Either way,you can add this versitile bog plant to your pond area very easily, because it makes a wonderful addition to your backyard.

These plants are sometimes thought of as a nuisance plant. However they can be important in keeping a pond healthy.

If your pond has an upward grade on one or more sides the root system will trap and filter rain water that contains dirt and debris before it enters the pond.

They also provide important habitat for many birds such as ducks or red wing black birds.

Cattails are common wetland plants characterized by the brown spike perched above a stalk growing amid leaves that look like swords.

These plants can reach a height of 2-10 feet and present a yellow flower between May and July. The plants provide an excellent place for fish to nest and hide in the pond and are a food source for other wildlife such as ducklings.

The plant itself dates back to the dinosaur era, thus making it one of the oldest plants. It grows in dense stands arising from rhizomes which are thick stems.

Another fact about cattails is that they are a food that the American Indian used but that our early settlers did not think much of, instead descimating its natural habitat.

Managing cattails is necessary because they will grow and spread to areas outside of where you first plant them. To do this, mark an area of your pond's perimeter, keeping the spread to a minimum by pulling out young plants. You will have to reach into the pond in order to get the full plant. You can also cut off the new growth, rendering the plant's ability to send produce and transport nutrients to the root system

Either way,you can add this versitile plant to your pond area very easily, because it makes a wonderful addition to the your pond.