Cattail? Perhaps, but, oh, you so look like a corndog to me. I can almost taste the mustard.
It’s a rather odd, wetland-loving plant. Cudgel shaped flower clusters. Native Americans used most parts of the plant; the starchy rhizomes are a nutritious and energy-rich food source. But today it really never ends up on our dinner plates. Perhaps, if the economy gets bad enough, that may change.
At this time of the year, the normally tight-fitting seed clusters are looking very disheveled, dispersing thousands and thousands of seeds. Native Americans used this downy plant fiber to pad their babies' cradle boards. Sounds comfortable. Many birds line their own cradles with it as well.
WARNING. Don't try this at home: I once created a dried arrangement of cattails indoors in the fall. In the spring the whole thing exploded, covering my apartment with a golden, puffy snow.