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Wild celery, also known as eelgrass or tape grass,
provides excellent fish habitat in the form of shade, shelter and
feeding opportunities. Bluegills, young perch, and largemouth bass
utilize wild celery at different points of their lifecycles. Wild
celery is an important dietary component in waterfowl diets,
particularly diving ducks; including scaup, canvasbacks, redheads
and ring-necked ducks. Marsh birds, shore birds and muskrats also
consume wild celery. Additionally, wild celery helps stabilize
Large colonies of wild celery (vallisneria americana)
sometimes interfere with boating, swimming and fishing.
Wild celery is a submerged plant that spreads by runners forming
tall underwater meadows. Wild celery grows below the water surface
rooted in soft sediments or mud.
The leaves of the wild celery plant are typically dark-green,
long, slender blades about 1/2" - 1" inch wide with rounded tips
and definite raised veins. Wild celery can often be found growing
in beds amid pondweeds and other submerged plants. Wild celery is
the only plant with a cork-screw, round stemmed seed head, and
sometimes a small white flower will appear in late summer.
Wild celery has been shown to be sensitive to copper absorption
when certain formulations, such as Harpoon are applied.
Unbranched leaves extending from the lake bottom to the water
surface; flowers (and occasionally some leaves) float on the
surface; leaves are attached to a horizontal central stem right
above lake bottom.
A. For this plant earlier in the season is
recommended for herbicide application. For Fall control options, we
A. One to two treatments may be required.
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