RE: NANFA-- willows and maybe cattails

Denkhaus, Robert (
Mon, 6 Jan 2003 13:33:56 -0600

> Same story for
> Phragmites, or European Reed. It's the frilly headed grass
> you can now see
> featured in nearly every road side ditch, in this area
> anyway. It's actully
> clobbering the cattails :0
> Other notes... Cattails (native and exotic, and well
> fragmites too) are
> alleopathic (produce chemicals that inhibit other species
> growth or flat out
> kills them) and if I'm remembering correctly, they almost
> need anaerobic muck
> to do well, as the nature of their tuber is tuned to those
> conditions. Not
> sure if that fits into your pond plan.

Whoa there Mr. Crail! Don't diss phragmites out of hand. It is native to
some parts of North America, including Texas. We actually reintroduced it
into the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge after it was lost to habitat
changes dating back to when Lake Worth and was constructed just down stream of
the Refuge and Eagle Mountain Lake was constructed just upstream. You are
right however in describing their soil requirements which are described as
"usually tight clay soils".

Rob Denkhaus
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
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