The bulrushes, aka cattails, are near my house. They’re quite stunning and regal looking water plants. I returned home to google and found out they’re often used to purify water, most parts of them are edible, and the leaves are used for weaving.
So much! and right in my own backyard neighborhood. How cool is that?
I learned that Native Americans used part of the bulrush to make syrup. Check here.
You can also use bulrushes to make flour or eat them raw in a salad. (please do your research first–you don’t want to end up getting sick!). Do it right.
One of the most famous references to bulrushes comes from the Bible. The long leaves that surround the water plant were used to weave a basket for baby Moses. It was used to float him down the river where he was also found amongst the bulrushes. Interesting, eh?
What I find so wonderful is that the plant thrives in our desert like climate that has been filled with smoke and ash this year.
I think that speaks volumes to the hardiness of such a useful plant.
Picture source: taken by moi…Faye E. Arcand.
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