Cattails have dense, long, spikey flowers, that appear on top of the long, slender stems in late summer to early fall. Their flowers are recognizable from their brown, sausage-like appearance. Cattails can be partially submerged or in boggy areas with no permanently standing water and can grow to 5 or 10 feet in height. They provide a wildlife habitat and refuge. Overgrowth can choke off open water, driving away birds and displacing native plant species.


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    Recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, and boating can be impaired, prevented.

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    Excessive Aquatic weeds greatly detract from the aesthetic appeal and possible value of the overall property.

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    Thick excessive growth around the shoreline can encourage and increase population of frogs, snakes, muskrats, and alligators where applicable.

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    Aquatic weed overgrowth is ideal for algae growth and leads to increased insect growth for mosquitos.

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    Too many weeds impede water flow in drainage ditches, irrigation canals, and culverts, causing water to back up.


Cattail can be found in most of the contiguous states.