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Typha minima - Dwarf Cattail
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Typhaceae (Cattails)
Origin: Eurasia
Flower Color: Brown
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Aquatic
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Typha minima (Aquatic) (Dwarf Cattail) - Dwarf cattail is native to marshes and wetlands in Europe and Asia. This is the smallest of the cattails, typically growing to only 18 inches tall. Its dwarf size makes it an ideal marginal aquatic perennial for smaller water gardens, pools and tubs. Features narrow, upright, grass-like, linear, mostly basal, green leaves and a stiff, unbranched central flower stalk. Yellowish male (staminate) flowers are located at the top of the inflorescence and greenish female (pistillate) flowers are located underneath. In this species, the staminate and pistillate flowers are sometimes but not always separated by a short naked segment. Flowers bloom in summer. After bloom, the male flowers rapidly disperse, leaving a naked stalk tip. The pollinated female flowers turn rich brown as the seeds mature, forming a rounded fruiting spike, only 2 inches long. Foliage turns yellow-brown in autumn. Cold hardy to less than 15 F.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Typha minima.
 
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