[Sca-cooks] Cattails

Ian Kusz sprucebranch at gmail.com
Fri Oct 16 04:36:34 PDT 2009

Yeah, I've encountered this, too, although the bulrush, proper, is another
species of plant, in parts of Southern America, some cattails are called
bulrushes, too.

Very confusing.

Btw, proper bulrushes: Scirpus genus, but cattails Typha. Still, people call
them different, so I'm not sure if searches are going to be
definitive....oh, well

On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 5:35 AM, Johnna Holloway <johnnae at mac.com> wrote:

> Cattails are also known as bulrush, reed-mace, cat-o'nine tails, cossack
> asparagus, marsh beetle, and candlewick.
> John Gerard includes bulrushes and says that the seeds  are used  to
> provoke sleep with a warning that they can provoke a "dead sleepe."  They
> are also used for menstrual problem.
> To take away VVarts from the face or Hands.
> Take Purslain, and rub it on the warts, and it maketh them fall away: Also
> the juice of the Roots of Rushes applyed, heal|eth them.
> The Accomplish'd lady's delight in preserving, 1675
> Richard Mabey doesn't indicate that they are eaten in England, but I wonder
> if they were possibly eaten during famine times.
> This might not have been recorded or mentioned in some way in the multitude
> of references to rushes or reeds.
> See also
> http://www.plantpress.com/wildlife/o1134-bulrush.php
> Johnnae
> On Oct 14, 2009, at 7:27 AM, Johnna  wrote:
>  I'll be back with European information later.
>> Johnnae
>> Was written---Despite the fact that some cattails (notably, the Dwarf
>> Cattail) are native to Eurasia, I can't find
>> any record of period usage.  snipped
>> --
>> Ian of Oertha
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