Typha angustifolia (Narrowleaf Cattail)
Family:
Typhaceae (Cattail)
  
Flower spikes of cattails are separated into two portions: one with male flowers and the other with female flowers. The male flowers are located above the female flowers. Narrowleaf Cattail has a space between the male and female flowers. After blooming, the male flowers fall off the plant, leaving only the female flowers.

Compare to Typha latifolia (Broadleaf Cattail). Broadleaf Cattail does not have a space between the male and female flowers. As the name suggests, the leaves are also broader.


Vegetation zone:  Plains
Time of bloom:  June - July
Origin:  Native
Eastern Colorado Wildflowers