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Typha latifolia L.

This result should not be considered complete or definitive and is for reference only. Care must be taken when using any wild plant for food, fiber, medicine or any other non-traditional uses. The information was complied using multiple sources and these references should be consulted for more complete descriptions of usage(s) and potential health risk. We are not responsible for any ill effects from the information included on this page.

Uses Part Preparation Effect Notes
Root Dried into flour, cooked or raw
Flower Boil Male flower, eaten with potato or soup
Flower Burned male flower
Leaf Made into mats, rugs, baskets, lodge cover
Stem Boiled White basal part
Leaf Firewood
Seed Fuzz as war medicine, diaper lining, feminine hygiene, insulation
Stem Soaked in kerosene Torch, with flower head
Flower Raw or cooked Before pollen appears
Dye  Leaf beige, gold, green Mordant(s) -alum, chrome, iron
Medicine  Leaf Fresh chopped into poultice Skin/sores/bleeding Wounds and burns
Root Dried and pulverized in decoction Digestion
Seed Skin/sores/bleeding Down for burns

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