Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Reed Mace
Typha latifolia
of the Reed Mace family
a perennial
1.5 -3.0 m high
blooms July - August
wet places, marshes, bogs
can be seen between North Beach and South Beach.

The Reed Mace is very often mis-identified as being the "bulrush". This sad state of affairs arose when the artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema painted Reed Mace plants in his "Moses in the Bulrushes". Bulrushes are a much less imposing pond plant. Reed Mace's fluffy seeds were once used as stuffing for bedding and pillows. The leaves were used for making baskets and boats.