These species are not native to our state and is very difficult to control once it becomes fully established. Milfoil reproduces through fragmentation whereby plant fragments break off from the parent plant through wind or boat action, grow roots, and settle in a new location. Milfoil spreads rapidly and displaces beneficial native plant life. It makes swimming difficult and can devalue waterfront property. Where this species grows in its native environment, insects and fish may feed on this plant at such a rate as to control its growth. Milfoil has no natural predators to keep its population in check. Under optimum temperature, light and nutrient conditions, milfoil may grow up to an inch per day. How Did Exotic Milfoil Become Established in This State? It was most likely a "stowaway" fragment attached to a boat or trailer that came to this region. Milfoil can live out of water for many hours if it remains moist.
Eye On The Night Sky 12/18/2018
Daily Forecast: December 18, 2018
Heading into the Evening: Mainly clear in the south; decreasing clouds north, with the chance of a mountain flurry. Temperatures in the low to mid 20s south and in the Champlain Valley, otherwise mid teens to around 20. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph, ...Read More