Typha angustifolia also known as lesser bulrush, narrowleaf cattail, or bulrush typha is an aquatic plant or marginal pond plant (though planting in small ponds is not recommended) that typically grows to around 1.5 metres tall. Traditionally, Bulrush has been used to treat various ailments, mostly digestive issues. However, today they are mostly used as mature plants for aquatic wildlife to improve water quality, provide nesting sites for birds, and much needed food source for waterfowl and other animals. A marginal plant like this long cylindrical leaved plant with sausage-like catkins are highly productive, and in high winds will have excellent plant growth – so professional growers are advised to keep an eye on this one.
Several parts of the plant are edible, including during various seasons the dormant sprouts on roots and bases of leaves, the inner core of the stalk, green bloom spikes, ripe pollen, and starchy roots. The stems and leaves have many uses, they make a good thatch, can be used in making paper, can be woven into mats, chairs, hats etc. They are a good source of biomass, making an excellent addition to the compost heap or used as a source of fuel.