Q: I have heard there are dwarf cattails. Is it true and what can you tell me about them?
A: I was able to find some information from Clemson University Extension. The dwarf cattail variety is Typha minima, which is a native of Europe and Asia. It only grows about two feet tall rather than the standard cattail which can reach heights of up to 10 feet. Dwarf cattail prefers to grow in water with depths of 3 to 6 inches. It flowers in the summer and the flowers remain until the fall. No indication it will be as weedy as the standard but it is an introduced species so we will have to wait and see if it will behave. It can grow well in full sun or partial shade.