Managing Cattails in Wetland Areas

A look at the appearance of cattails, where they grow, what uses they have, and how to manage the aquatic plant on your farm pond or wetland area.

The leaves of all species of cattails look like large blades of grass. Broad-leaf cattail leaves are longer than the spike that carries the flowers and can reach lengths of 6 to 7 feet. As the name implies, their leaf blades are the widest of all the North American species, reaching up to 1 inch in width. Narrow-leaf and hybrid cattail leaves are considerably narrower, being only a few millimeters wide.
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