Pros and Cons of American Water Willow
Deer will browse the leaves; while beaver, muskrat, and nutria will consume the rhizomes of water willow. Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.). After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates.