Re: NANFA-- willows and maybe cattails

Jay DeLong (
Mon, 06 Jan 2003 10:48:09 -0800

At 01:30 PM 1/6/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>Hey, thanks, Ray! I'll defitely try rooting some from cuttings.
>Has anyone ever tried growing cattails in a back yard pond--there are a
>couple of ditches around here where they're prominent.

They may look nice and sound pleasant with those redwing blackbirds, but
they can change your pond's habitat from aquatic to terrestrial unless it's
very deep or if you are good at maintaining their growth. Also, consider
that there is the native Typha latifolia and the introduced T. angustifolia
to choose from. T latifolia may have a better growth pattern for your
purposes (less dense and coexists with other species of emergents), while T
angustifolia is a successful competitor which can displace native plant
communities and form dense stands that may be undesireable for you and your

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
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