Cattails are a very familiar sight along the shore of any marsh, pond, lake, river or drainage ditch. They are a tall, stiff plant, often reaching 10" tall. The leaves look like giant blades of grass, about one inch wide and 1-2' long. The flower has two parts; a brown cylinder (the female part), and a yellow spike (the male part) and grows from the center of the plant on a tall, circular stalk. Cattails are usually found in a dense stands and provide cover for numerous species birds and aquatic species. Blooming Time: July and August.