Cattail. Known for their familiar cylinder-shaped felted brown spikes, the larger, native species were commonly used by Native Americans for baskets and shelter. In recent years the cattails of certain species have been used to filter polluted water. Blue-green blades are slender, upright to 18” high with 1” cattails. Thrives in standing water or perennially moist situations. Exceptional choice for water features in full sun or part shade. Hardy to 5F. Japan.