Exploding Cattails – A Cool Natural Phenomenon

From our friend Jackie Donnelly of the  Saratoga Woods and Waterways blog comes a video of the phenomenon of exploding cattail heads.   Its very interesting how these heads are so packed together with fruits that a slight nudge will start the dispersal process.  I have added another video below Jackie’s showing the same phenomenon in a slightly different way. Some of you may have had this happen on its own if you used the heads in dried arrangements. – Steve Young

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One Comment on “Exploding Cattails – A Cool Natural Phenomenon”


  1. Thanks for sharing my video, Steve, and also for including the even more dramatic one of cattails in the marsh. We plant lovers have to find our amusements where we can to get us through this long winter.


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