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What is the lifespan of a cattail?

I need to know this for a project for school. I tried searching it on other websites/search engines but I can't find it.

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The plant? You probably want to know if it's a plant that dies and has to be replanted or just grows back. Also what seasons it lives in. I don't the answer, but if you try searching for these things instead of lifespan you might get better results.

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2 years

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I think it's about 3 months then they pop open.
http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/common_cattail.htm

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Cat tails are awesome plants. In your report be sure to include the more historic uses of the plant. You may even want to bring in a sample (cooked) of the root. It is edible and similiar to a potatoe.

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They haven't got a fixed lifespan. The stalk you see isn't usually an individual plant, but part of an interlocked clone that lives "forever" until something happens. Its pond may dry up (it is a desiccation machine.). It may be overrun by Phragmites. The part that you see is a temporary set of sex organs and solar "panels". It lasts one year as an active living piece, another as a seed storage shed. It may take a third year for it to fall. It grows much faster than it breaks down, This results in a build-up of silt that raises the bed of a body of water, often until it isn't viable. Look at Africa's Lake Chad. Now look at Canada's Winnipeg. We're going to stop it there!

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