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The entire bushy pondweed plant is
eaten by waterfowl, especially mallards; provide cover for young
largemouth bass, northern pike, small bluegills and perch.
Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many
micro and macro invertebrates.
Bushy pondweed has become more common in recent years; it can
grow abundantly in some areas and cause problems. In most areas, it
will not be a nuisance and is best left alone--removal may allow
less-desirable plants to move in. When control is necessary,
aquatic herbicides can be effective.
Leaves are narrow with tiny spines along the edges. Slightly
enlarged at the base. Stems slender with frequent branching. Leaves
oppositely attached, or in groups of two or more at a node. Leaves
are densely concentrated at the tips.
Leaves are tapered to a fine point with tiny "spines"; seeds are
shiny and smooth. Bushy pondweed is sometimes confused with chara,
but chara has a musky odor when crushed and bushy pondweed does
A. Plants must be present to treat. Water
temperatures should exceed sixty degrees Fahrenheit.
A. One to two treatments per season is usually
A. Generally within twelve to sixteen day
things will be cleared up.
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