Typha- Reed Mace, Cat-tail

Very strong water plant, in autumn developing the well known cigar-shaped inflorescence.

Situation:

Attractive in any pond, but the plants are extremely invasive; for average-sized ponds it is advisable to choose the smaller species. The inflorescence contains both the male and the female flowers. Likes sun or partial shade.

Soil:

In artificial ponds they are usually planted in containers filled with potting soil covered with a layer of white sand.

Propagation:

By division in spring.

Typha angustifolia: To 2.5 m in height; the leaves are 3- mm across.

Typha latifolia: Height also to 2.5 m, broader leaves, 12-20 mm.

Typha minima: Height 50-75 cm, the inflorescence small and barrel-shaped. This attractive species is particularly useful for small ponds.

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