Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 24 - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 24 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Vegetable
Salad greens
Cooked greens
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Toxicity: Other: Foliage may cause dermatitis (skin irritation)
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Self
Moths and Butterflies
Flies
Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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Control Those Weeds: Garlic MustardControl Those Weeds: Garlic Mustard
August 1, 2012

This is the third article in a series that will offer descriptions and control measures for some of the most common weeds. For the most part I will be referring to weeds found in the Midwest because that’s where I live and these are the ones I’m most familiar with.

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Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Dec 5, 2011 11:35 PM

This has become widespread in many natural areas in the US. As a non native invasive plant, it is such a nuisance in the Patapsco Valley State Park, in Maryland, that they rip it out by the bagfuls. Then they have a recipe contest for cooking it because it is edible!

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Mar 26, 2018 1:13 PM

Class A noxious weed in Washington state (relative new-comer, if found advise your local Weed Board with location and photo). This is a biennial - the first year it forms a rosette of kidney shaped leaves; and the second yard a stem grows up to 3' tall, blooming in early spring. The fruit can eject seeds up to 10' away, and the plant releases compounds into the soil that prevent other plants from growing. If left unchecked, it can quickly dominate forest floors and displace natives. Pull plants before they go to seed.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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what is this plant by Clearsky Apr 30, 2019 10:17 PM 4
Plant identification by Poshbird May 11, 2018 9:50 AM 2
Volunteer plant needs ID by IJsbrandtGA Aug 14, 2017 6:32 AM 16
Re: Native wildflower or weed? by bxncbx May 6, 2017 5:14 AM 3
Wondering what this is? by Nettles Aug 11, 2016 10:11 AM 4
help identifying this plant please by eyestellall67 May 6, 2016 5:32 AM 1
September 2015 Butterflies, Moths & Larva by mellielong Oct 1, 2015 11:01 AM 622
I should know what this is! by lauribob Jun 15, 2015 9:35 AM 4
Possible Plant Lists addition? by chelle Dec 13, 2014 5:40 PM 11
Another ID needed please by jvdubb May 8, 2014 7:50 PM 4

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