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Common Bulrush

Typha latifolia

Plant Data

Order:
Poales
Family:
Typhaceae (Bulrush)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Tiny and densely packed, forming a chocolate-coloured sausage-shaped spike.
Fruit:
Fruits are minute. They are produced from the female flowers and are covered in fluffy down.
Leaves:
Stalkless, long-sheathed, alternate leaves which are mainly produced at the bottom of the stem. Pale blue-green and linear.
Maximum Size:
2 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
Bulrush has numerous edible uses. The pollen can be used as a flour substitute in bread. The seeds can be ground and used in bread too. The young shoots and roots can be eaten raw or cooked.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Broadleaf Cattail, Candlewick, Cat-o'-nine-tails, Common Cattail, Cooper's Reed, Cumbungi, Giant Reedmace, Great Reedmace, Soft-flag...
Habitats:
Ponds, swamps, water, waterside, wetland.