Garlic Mustard

Alliaria petiolata

Family Mustard (Brassicaceae)
Bloom Spring, summer
Habitat Moist deciduous forest
Status Non-Native INVASIVE
Cycle Biennial
Height 1-3′
Flower Flowers form a round cluster 1-3″ wide of small white flowers. Individual flowers are about 1/4″ wide and have 4 white petals.
Leaf Leaves are heart-shaped on the lower part of the plant and triangular toward the top. They have sharp irregular teeth and smell strongly of garlic.
Notes This is an invasive species and should be pulled and the plants disposed of in a sealed garbage bag. Notify Park Staff of any large patches of these plants.

The plant was introduced from Europe for use in gardens where leaves were used for cultivated salads. The small black seeds can be used as a pepper substitute.

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