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Many waterfowl species eat the shoots;
it provides cover for young bluegills, perch, largemouth bass, and
northern pike; supports insects that fish and ducklings eat.
When coontail is excessive, undesirable effects can include a
reduction of open water, creation of a "scummy" appearance,
limiting of desirable fishing access, interfering with boating and
swimming, stunted fish and becoming invasive.
Grows underwater with no roots; upper leaves may reach the
surface; central hollow stem has stiff, dark-green leaves; plants
may be long and sparse, but are often bushy near the tip, giving
the plant a "coontail" or "Christmas tree" appearance. Often
confused with watermilfoil, but coontail leaves are spiny and
forked rather than feather-like.
Coontail, or sometimes called hornwort, is a dark olive-green,
rootless submerged perennial plant that often forms dense colonies.
Leaves are relatively stiff, whorled with many forks and small
teeth along one edge. The tips of branches are crowded with leaves
giving it a "coontail" resemblance. Coontail reproduces by seeds
Often confused with watermilfoil, but coontail leaves are
spiny and forked rather than feather-like.
A. Once water temperatures are around sixty
degrees or warmer and the plants are viable.
A. Once Coontail is treated it will not grow
back but adjacent populations may move back in requiring a
A. Generally within two weeks things will be
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