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Blue Cattail Seed - 100+ Seeds

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Blue Cattail Seed
Typha Glauca
Lowman Cattail, Glaucus Cattail

Description: Erect stem ends in club-like, greenish to brownish flower spike densely covered with minute flowers, upper ones (male) separated by naked stem from lower ones (female).  Leaves tall, flat, stiff, sheathing. 
Height: 13' (3.9 m). 
Flower: April-October. 
Habitat: Shallow water of ponds, lakes, marshes, moist meadows, springs, seeps, ditches, streamsides, canyon bottoms. 
Soil pH: 6 to 8
Soil Type: Sand, clay, no drainage, and seasonal flooding
Range: Much of the southern half of the western United States east to Arkansas; mainly coastal in the rest of the East but reported inland and as far north as northern Illinois. 
Propagation: Grow in a rich soil in boggy pond margins or shallow water to 15 cm deep.  Succeeds in sun or part shade.  Plants can be very invasive, spreading freely at the roots when in a suitable site.  Provides excellent cover for wildlife. 
Edible Uses
Flowers; Leaves; Oil; Pollen; Root; Seed; Stem. 
Roots - raw or cooked.  Rich in starch, it can be boiled and eaten like potatoes or macerated and then boiled to yield a sweet syrup.  The root can also be dried, ground into a powder and then used as a thickener in soups etc or added to cereal flours.  Rich in protein, this flour is used to make biscuits, bread, cakes etc.  The root contains a lot of fiber.  One way to remove this fiber is to peel lengths of the root that are about 20– 25 cm long, place them by a fire for a short while to dry and then twist and loosen the fibers when the starch of the root can be shaken out. 
Young shoots in spring - raw or cooked.  An asparagus substitute.  The inner core is eaten. 
Base of mature stem - raw or cooked.  It is best to remove the outer part of the stem. 
Young flowering stem - raw, cooked or made into a soup.  Tastes like sweet corn. 
Seed - cooked.  The seed is rather small and fiddly to utilize, but has a pleasant nutty taste when roasted. 
An edible oil is obtained from the seed.  Due to the small size of the seed, this is probably not a very worthwhile crop. 
Pollen - raw or cooked.  A protein rich additive to flour used in making bread, porridge etc.  It can also be eaten with the young flowers, which makes it considerably easier to utilize.  The pollen can be harvested by placing the flowering stem over a wide but shallow container and then gently tapping the stem and brushing the pollen off with a fine brush.  This will help to pollinate the plant and thereby ensure that both pollen and seeds can be harvested. 
Discussion: This species is found in warm regions worldwide and has spread northward in the United States.

WE ALWAYS OVER COUNT OUR CATTAIL SEED. DUE TO THE DIFFICULTY IN INDIVIDUAL COUNTING OF SUCH SMALL SEED, WE MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE 2 IF NOT 3 TIMES THE LISTED AMOUNT IN EACH ORDER.


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  • Model: CATTAIL-BLUE-100
  • Shipping Weight: 0.1lbs
  • 99757 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Various Sources


This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 22 October, 2015.

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