Various species of cattails are native to North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, however in many areas, invasive species of cattails are supplanting those native to the area.
Cattails, or Typha, are quite useful as a food source and for various household uses. As a food, flour can be processed from the underground stems to produce an energy-rich and nutritious food. Native Americans used the fluffy material of Typha for a variety of purposes, including bedding, tinder, and to line moccasins. Even today, clothing, pillows, and life vests are some of the items that are still stuffed with Typha down.
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