Typha latifolia (Broadleaf 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. Broadleaf Cattail does not have 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 angustifolia (Narrowleaf Cattail). Narrowleaf Cattail has a space between the male and female flowers. As the name suggests, the leaves are also narrower.


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