Graceful cattail is a perennial wetland plant native to marshes and wetlands in Europe and Asia that spreads by creeping rhizomes to form dense colonies in shallow water. It grows 3-5 feet tall, often with a submerged base.
Other names for this plant include:
- Common names: Laxman’s bulrush
- Scientific names: Typha stenophylla
- Invades freshwater marshes, wet meadows, fens, roadsides, ditches, shallow ponds, streams, and lakeshores.
- Plays an important role as a source of food and shelter for some marsh-dwelling animals, but large mono-specific stands of invasive cattails exclude some less common species.