State designated noxious weed; grows up to 20 ft.; white to pink flowers April to September; leaves are green scales, similar to a juniper.
Salt marches and flood plains, shore lines of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.
Location in Nebraska
Various locations in Nebraska; occurs along the Platte River, and in the southern and western parts of the state.
Pathway of Introduction and Spread
Introduced from Eurasia for erosion control. Spreads by rhizomes and by wind/water dispersal.
Pulls heavy amounts of water from the soil with long taproot; competes with native vegetation; pulls salt from the water and deposits it on soil; standing vegetation can increase risk of fire. dense roots and rhizomes spread out and slow river flow, which increases deposition.