Garlic Mustard – 4/27/24

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/27/24

Observation Time: 4:30 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (The Trustees of Reservations)

Common Name: Garlic mustard

Scientific Name: Alliaria petiolata

Comments: Garlic Mustard is a biennial. First year plants are a rosette of 3 to 4 round, scallop edged leaves.  In second year the plant reaches height of 2 to 3 feet.

Leaves on bolting stems are triangular with large teeth.  Flowers are white.

Introduced to North America in the 1860s as a culinary herb, garlic mustard is now a significant problem in woodlands of eastern United States.

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