Ever planted cattails in your yard?

Carol Shields
by Carol Shields
I have a spot behind the shed that is always moist/wet. I think cattails like that kind of environment. Has anyone ever planted or transplanted cattails in their yard?
  9 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 15, 2016
    I have planted them but they did not come back. I would research other possibilities based on your zone.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Mar 15, 2016
    You can certainly try planting them. Check with your local garden store and ask if they have had luck. You can also ask for suggestions for other rain garden type planting a to help create a natural garden for that wet area of your yard.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 15, 2016
    To add I never said not to try my comment was I did not have luck so my recommendation was to find something else that would work in your situation.
  • I would not plant them! Cattails are invasive. I would look at some native plants such as Lobelia (Cardinal Flower), Red Twig Dogwoods, Turtleheads, Inkberry (Ilex glabra) which is a shrub), Winterberry (Ilex certicullata), New England Asters, and even look into Cinnamon fern or other ferns - I do not know if this area is sun or shade so these are some options. Since you are zone 5 I believe these are for your zone as well. Just know what you are planting, please, because many cheap groundcovers and plants sold in the big box stores are invasive and take over and area and choke out any other native plant. good luck
  • Deb Clark Deb Clark on Mar 16, 2016
    i have them in my pond and have no problem with them and i live in wisconsin
  • Dot D Collett Dot D Collett on Mar 16, 2016
    Cattails are great in ponds if you want the pond to became a marsh then a meadow. They are the beginning of this evolution and will disappear as the conditions are no longer right for them. Of course this will probably take years. Other native plants like the ones listed by The Garden Frog Boutique are much better and prettier. Search for rain gardens.
  • Betsy Wilson Betsy Wilson on Mar 16, 2016
    Invasive for sure!
  • Kay Kay on Mar 22, 2016
    Japanese Iris love moist conditions like that. Pretty flowers and the green leaves are striking too.
  • JWR JWR on Oct 02, 2017

    I have major erosion problems at the edge of a small lake, my home needs protection! Just dumped 800 plus ton of rock and soil! NW MO, Just east of Kansas City. Seeded steep bluff with Birdsfoot Trefoil. Thinking Cattails at waters edge would stem erosion into lake? I have the only frontage on lake. No cattails presently.