Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Chesapeake Bay
By Deane Winegar
Native Americans devised many uses for cattails. The long stems could be woven into mats for shelter or for ground cloths. The roots were eaten raw or boiled. Red-winged blackbirds expertly weave their nests onto the close-growing cattails. The narrow-leaved cattail (Typha augustifolia) is the only variety that can stand brackish water.
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