Wildflowers of Toronto's High Park​​

Cattails
Genus: Typha

Family: Cattail
​Native to Ontario
Perennial
Habitat: Marshes and ponds
Blooms: June to July
Height: up to 3 m
Flowers: Brownish, in dense cylindrical spikes -  upper half male; lower half female.
The two species described sometimes hybridize.
When ripe, the heads disintegrate into a cottony fluff (resembling a cat's tail)
from which seeds are dispersed by wind.

​Cattail, common or broad-leaved
​T. latifolia

​Leaves: 25 cm wide

Male and female parts of the spike are joined.
​Cattail, narrow-leaved
​T. angustifolia

​Leaves: less than 13 mm wide

Male and female parts of the spike are separated by a 2-cm gap.