I found this plant near a river in Wisconsin. The leaves look like a cattail but this thing grows pods! The pods are triangular and are waxy and smooth at the same time. The leaves are very much like a cattail.

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It's a little hard for me to tell from the photo, but I suspect that you have a wild iris. Blue flag and yellow flag irises can both be found in the wetlands and near bodies of water in Wisconsin.

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