These plants have a variety of common names, in British English as bulrush or reedmace, in American English as reed, cattail, or punks, in Australia as cumbungi or bulrush, in Canada as cattail, and in New Zealand as raupo. The familiar bulrush found beside ponds, lakes and streams, is too large and invasive for all but the largest gardens, but Typha minima is a tiny species with a perfect miniature form. It’s ideal for growing in small ponds and even aquatic tubs.
Many parts of the Typha plant are edible to humans. Before the plant flowers, the tender inside of the shoots can be squeezed out and eaten raw or cooked.