Cattails, alligatorweed, oh my!

| April 14, 2011 | Comments (1)

You may have wondered during one of your visits to the pond exactly what are all those green plants you can see in and around the pond?  As part of the project to improve the pond, a survey of the current vegetation at the pond was completed.

Cattails cover the majority of the Beaver Pond wetland area, with a large section of Alligatorweed concentrated along the deeper water on the east side of the pond. Alligatorweed is a highly invasive aquatic plant that forms thick floating mats, which out compete native aquatic plants.  A few grass-like rushes and sedges grow in the edge of the cattail area, along with some Marsh Hibiscus and Purple Loosestrife.  Both the hibiscus and loosestrife provide showy flowers, but Purple Loosestrife is another highly invasive plant.  Cattail is sometimes considered invasive since it can spread rapidly in disturbed areas, and tends to form stands of mostly cattails.  However, cattail is a native plant that does provide some habitat (cover and nesting area) and food for native wildlife, primarily waterfowl and other birds.

This information comes to us courtesy of Justin Reel, a biologist with the consultant on the project RK&K.

Curious to learn more about what plants are native to our area?  Check out this Green Gardening page or Invasive Plant Information.

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  1. My friends and I visit the Pond at least on a weekly
    basis. We have long lamented the sorry condition recently. In prior years there were beautiful wild ducks with darling baby ducks each spring. We applaud the county’s plan to restore the Pond and the pleasure of its many visitors and admirers. Thank you, thank you.

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