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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.  The information provided on this page is based on the research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations of our nursery crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Typha minima.
 
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