Did you recognize the tiny seeds on parachutes last week?


They were from plants commonly called cattails. The genus name, Typha, is Greek for cattail.

Cattails  are common residents of wetlands. The leaves are straight, sword-like blades.



Some species are quite tall.


Cattail plants are a favorite hang out spot for redwing blackbirds. Other birds, such as ducks, nest in dense clumps of cattails.

Have you ever seen a cattail flower with a thinner part at the top? That is the male flower. It falls off when the female part is pollinated.


Edit;  Here’s a photograph of cattails seeds dispersing with a little help from a friend.

Have you seen cattails? Did you guess the seeds?