A group of ‘bulrushes’ on a bright Spring day – ready to cast their seeds. Well – ‘bulrush’ is the name we used for these water plants when I was growing up in the late sixties – early seventies. Trendy households would have dried ones standing in large bold-coloured vases in hallways and living rooms. I discovered fairly recently that they are now called ‘reedmace’ (it’s the name the Wildlife Trusts in the UK would like us to use).  They are a type of sedge with the latin name: ‘Typha’.

13 thoughts on “Bulrushes

        1. http://www.eattheweeds.com/cattails-a-survival-dinner/ Here, some history, true vs. poison plant information, and some recipes. I’m still frowning at it a bit. I don’t have any background basis for being able to decide the safety of the usage of the parts of the plant. I know of people that eat it and utilize it though. If you are really interested in trying it, I can search in a better way by contacting my elders, if you wish?


          1. Thank you for the links, Elisa: the eat the weeds site is fascinating; I shall return to that for research. With regard to the bulrushes, I wouldn’t like to eat them but it’s interesting discovering that one could – avoiding fibre and the wrong type and so on. Foraging is so precarious and something I’m not too keen on!


  1. I’ve loved cattails for as long as I can remember. We never ate them, but as kids, my dad would soak them in kerosene, and they make wonderful torches. There is now a great crop of them alongside the little river that runs out of our cabin’s lake in northern Minnesota, and they red-winged blackbirds just love them. Can’t wait to do our canoe run down the river and see them again! Thanks so much for the memories, M!


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