Just borrowed this from a site on line. I was able to spot a fat 32 inch pike terrorizing bait in 3 feet of water using cattails for camo amush. Now most blogs and I do as well post about flies and rods and what not , why not about local pike ambush cover. So read on and enjoy I found this page very interesting!! Tight Lines folks hope your gettin some toothies too!!!
Common Cattails are a familiar sight along the shore of any marsh, pond, lake, or river. They can even be found in ditches.
Cattails are tall, stiff plants, growing almost ten feet tall. The leaves look like giant blades of grass, about one inch wide. The flower has two parts; a brown cylinder (the female part), and a yellow spike (the male part).
Cattails are usually found in a dense stand (many together).
Common Cattails have roots that creep, called rhizomes. Rhizomes grow new shoots quickly. This creates the thick stands which are great cover for the many animals which live among them.
Red-winged Blackbirds are probably the animal most associated with cattails. The blackbirds are often seen in groups perching on them. They also build their nests on them.
Besides Red-winged Blackbirds, waterfowl, such as Mallards and Canada Geese, nest among cattails. Frogs and salamanders will lay their eggs in the water on and between them. Fish will hide or nest among them.
Muskrats eat Common Cattails and use them to build their houses. White-tailed Deer, Raccoons, Eastern Cottontails, and Turkey all use cattails as cover. Many species of insects eat and live on them.
Common Cattails flower from May to July. In early fall, the brown flower head pops open, letting its fluffy seeds emerge. These seeds are carried by wind or water to new places.
Many species of birds use the fluff to line their nests.
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Relationships in Nature:
Animals Using as Food Source
Animals Using as Shelter
Associations With Other Plants
Yellow Pond Lily
Tussock Sedge C
Stagnant Pond Snail
Downy Woodpecker FP
Wild Rice EC
Eastern Painted Turtle
Spotted Joe-pye Weed
American Dog Tick
Swamp Rose Mallow
Northern Water Snake
Large Diving Beetle
Stagnant Pond Snail
Relationship to Humans:
All parts of the cattail plant are edible. American Indians prepared the different parts in many ways. The leaves of Common Cattail are used to weave baskets, chair seats, and mats.
People sometimes plant cattails along the shores of water to prevent erosion.
The fluffy seeds are used as insulation for pillows and coats.
An adhesive (glue) can be made from the stems.
The pollen is sometimes used in fireworks.
SPECIES Typha latifolia