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Typha gracilis (Bulrush or Medium reedmace) – Marginal Pond Plants – Pond Plants – Water Plants – MPA118

Typha gracilis, commonly known as Slender Bulrush or Narrowleaf Cattail, is a perennial wetland plant native to North America and parts of Europe and Asia.


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Typha gracilis (Bulrush or Medium reedmace)

Typha gracilis, commonly known as Slender Bulrush or Narrowleaf Cattail, is a perennial wetland plant native to North America and parts of Europe and Asia. Here’s a description of Typha gracilis:

  1. Appearance: Slender Bulrush is characterized by its tall, erect stems that can reach heights of 3 to 6 feet (1 to 2 meters) or more. The stems are slender and cylindrical, with a smooth texture, and may be slightly ribbed. The plant forms dense clumps or colonies in marshes, swamps, wet meadows, and along the margins of lakes, ponds, and streams.
  2. Leaves: The leaves of Typha gracilis are long, narrow, and strap-like, with a dark green coloration. They arise from the base of the plant and may reach lengths of up to 3 feet (1 meter) or more. The leaves are typically erect and may arch slightly outward.
  3. Inflorescence: The flowering structure of Slender Bulrush consists of a dense cylindrical spike, known as a catkin or spikelet, that is borne at the tip of a tall, slender stem. The spikelet is composed of many small, tightly packed flowers arranged densely around a central axis. The male flowers are located at the top of the spikelet, while the female flowers are situated below.
  4. Flowering Season: Slender Bulrush blooms in late spring to early summer, typically from May to July, depending on the region and local climate conditions.
  5. Habitat: This species is commonly found in wetland habitats with standing or slow-moving water, including marshes, swamps, bogs, and the margins of lakes, ponds, and streams. It prefers shallow water with muddy or sandy substrates and can tolerate fluctuating water levels.
  6. Ecological Importance: Slender Bulrush provides important habitat and food sources for various wetland species, including birds, amphibians, insects, and aquatic mammals. The dense stands of vegetation offer nesting sites and shelter, while the seeds and rhizomes are consumed by wildlife.
  7. Cultural Uses: Historically, various parts of the Slender Bulrush plant have been utilized by indigenous cultures for a variety of purposes. The young shoots and rhizomes are edible and can be cooked or eaten raw. The leaves and stems have been used for weaving mats, baskets, and other crafts, while the fluffy seed heads have been used as tinder for starting fires.

Overall, Typha gracilis, or Slender Bulrush, is an important and adaptable wetland plant that plays a vital role in supporting biodiversity and ecosystem health in freshwater habitats.



Lincolnshire Pond Plants primarily supply plants to the public for self-contained ponds. Definition of a pond; is an area of water that is NOT connected to any natural water ways such as streams, rivers, ditches etc…  Disposal of any pond plant should be via composting or through green waste collections, you SHOULD NOT dispose of them into any water ways, as this could have a serious impact on the natural eco system affecting other plant and wild life within the area. Through the poor mismanagement of the disposing of plant material into water ways in recent years, resulted in the banning of plants that give a huge amount of enjoyment. If you are unsure of the plant choice and/or the conditions, they require contact us for advice as we will be only too delighted to help or stick to more native plants these are identified within the catalogue with a union jack flag.



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Type of Plant

mature spread