Broad-Leaf Cat-tail
(
Typha latifolia)

Cat-tails are found in in wet places; in marshes, wetlands, pond edges, ditches, and along streams   They are sometimes considered as weeds because of their aggressive growth.

Native Americans used almost all parts of cat-tails.The roots were used as a food source, in a poultice to dress wounds, and in treatments of kidney stones.   The down was used to stuff bedding and as a burn dressing.   The pollen was made into flour.   The leaves and stalks were used to make mats and baskets and served as a roofing material