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William H. Wiley

402-875-1809

bill@wmwiley.com


1221 Rockhurst Dr.

Lincoln, NE 68510

Cattails - Not Just for Decoration

Cattails, also known as corn dog grass, are tall sturdy plants that can grow to nearly 10 feet tall. Underwater, they provide a safe haven for tiny fish and attract many of the smaller aquatic creatures that birds and other wildlife feed on. They also create a shelter from winter cold and wind for mammals and birds and a source of nesting material with their leaves and seeds. During WWII, cattail “cotton” from the cattail’s fuzzy heads was used in life belts and aviation jackets due to its amazing buoyancy properties.