Miniature Cattail

Typha minima

Deciduous perennial with grass-like, very narrow stiff green leaves. Rising above the foliage are decorative, miniature, cylindrical seed heads. Very effective for moist sites around ponds and water.
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Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.


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Botanical PronunciationTY-fa MIN-i-ma
LoreNative Americans used this plant for many purposes from food to stuffing, with the long, slender leaves preferred fibers for baskets, mats and rope.
Average Size at MaturityClumps to 18 in. tall, 12-18 in. wide. Seedhead stalks to 20-30 inches tall.
Bloom TimeLate summer to fall.
Design IdeasThis delightful, small cattail looks wonderful at the edge of a pond or in a water-feature container by the pool.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorBrown
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseWater Garden, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Wet Soils, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
Companion PlantsBee Balm (Monarda); Turtlehead (Chelone); Spiderwort (Tradescantia); Cardinal Flower (Lobelia); Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium)

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Control weeds until the plants have filled in. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-11

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