Here is another plant,aka “weed”-what did you expect?-I like!The cattail-Typha latifolia-a perennial herb growing in ditches,rice fields,reservoirs.They do clobber up the marshes that prevent the growth of food for waterfowl,but muskrats and redwing blackbirds like em.Their roots and leaves have been used for food and shelter.Back to insects-the cattail is home to the little cattail moth-which can house 70+ cocoons!I like what Richard Mabey(British author of “Weeds”) says about weeds…”it may be revealing to ponder where weeds belong in the ecological scheme of things.They seem… to have evolved to grow in unsettled earth and damaged landscapes,and that may be less malign role than we give them credit for”.If there is one thing i have learned from Mr. Mabey is that weeds hold moisture and that is what these cattails are doing.You can find these plant doing their job all across America,Eurasia,and North Africa.

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2 thoughts on “Here is another plant,aka “weed”-what did you expect?-I like!The cattail-Typha latifolia-a perennial herb growing in ditches,rice fields,reservoirs.They do clobber up the marshes that prevent the growth of food for waterfowl,but muskrats and redwing blackbirds like em.Their roots and leaves have been used for food and shelter.Back to insects-the cattail is home to the little cattail moth-which can house 70+ cocoons!I like what Richard Mabey(British author of “Weeds”) says about weeds…”it may be revealing to ponder where weeds belong in the ecological scheme of things.They seem… to have evolved to grow in unsettled earth and damaged landscapes,and that may be less malign role than we give them credit for”.If there is one thing i have learned from Mr. Mabey is that weeds hold moisture and that is what these cattails are doing.You can find these plant doing their job all across America,Eurasia,and North Africa.

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