Grows 1.22 meters high and flowers in mid to late summer. Slender, narrow, greyish green, half round leaves are grooved on one side and rounded on the other. Reed-like green stems, light brown catkins appear in summer.
Cattail, graceful, ribbon grass
New Zealand and Norfolk Island.
Grey green foliage. Flowers spikes have lighter brown male flowers above with a slight gap from the dark brown female flowers below.
The leaves are used in basketry, weaving or adding movement to a design. The fibrous leaves can be ripped (spliced) into thin strips that I then curl, bead or dry. The technique is similar to that of flax
Give the stems a fresh cut and set it in deep warm water. Do not condition if you are weaving or ripping typha