Weed Watch: Garlic Mustard

Post date: May 21, 2009 6:56:45 PM

Don't be fooled by the delicate white flowers--garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is a very invasive plant that is widespread throughout the Roslindale Wetlands and neighboring yards. Once it invades an area, it can come to dominate the forest floor and displace native species. A mature plant (lefthand photo) is about knee-high and has saw-toothed leaves and white flowers in May; seedlings are shown on the right.

Make it a point to pull up garlic mustard plants before they go to seed and before new colonies can be established. Click for more information.