Giant Reedmace bareroot (Typha latifolia)

Typha latifolia. Found in shallow water e.g. pond margins. Not recommended for small ponds, invasive, so good for lakeside etc. Flowers: June – Aug. Height: 1-2.5 metres Zone BC

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Typha Latifolia has many names which include broadleaf cattail, bulrush, common bulrush, common cattail, cat-o’-nine-tails, great reedmace, cooper’s reed, cumbungi. It grows mostly in fresh water but also occurs in slightly brackish marshes. Traditionally, Typha latifolia has been a part of certain indigenous cultures as a source of food, medicine, and for other uses. The rhizomes are edible after cooking and removing the skin, while peeled stems and leaf bases can be eaten raw, or cooked. Young flower spikes are edible as well, Specimens with a very bitter or spicy taste should not be eaten.