2017-04-23 / Insight

How can you identify garlic mustard?


Garlic mustard weed is considered a non-native invasive species of plant by the United States Forest Service. Because of its rapid growth and acidic roots, its spread constricts the growth of native species of plant. 
Photo by Nicholas Pugliese Garlic mustard weed is considered a non-native invasive species of plant by the United States Forest Service. Because of its rapid growth and acidic roots, its spread constricts the growth of native species of plant. Photo by Nicholas Pugliese Before the plant’s flowers bloom, it can be identified by broad, heart-shaped or kidney shaped leaves with coarse, serrated edges and a distinctive onion or garlic-like odor. Garlic mustard grows low to the ground and several plants are often found together, and given enough time, will blanket entire areas. Garlic mustard will bloom small, white flowers with rectangular pedals.

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