Heart-shaped leaves, white flowers

jaredsalzanoApril 13, 2010

The smell reminds me of broccoli.

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bubbleoffplumb(z6 NY)

looks like the dreaded garlic mustard!
Alliaria petiolata

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 5:02PM
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jeanne

Yep.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 5:31PM
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jaredsalzano

Cool I will have to research it. Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 7:43AM
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baccalynnwv(5b West Virginia)

Not cool at all...

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 12:26PM
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jaredsalzano

why?

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 3:33PM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Garlic mustard tends to take over shaded areas and is difficult to control.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 7:58PM
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linda_schreiber(z5/6 MI)

Rip it out by the roots wherever you find it. You will always have more if you want it, but you may manage to limit it some. There is always more starting. Once you have it, it's very difficult to eradicate. Hence the name "dreaded garlic mustard".

I haven't tried it yet, but it is theoretically pretty decent as an edible. Google for recipes.

In the meantime, uproot it, pinch off developing flowers, and bust it up some before you throw it in the compost. I *have* personally seen that it will finish flowering and successfully set seed when pulled out and sitting roots-up in July sun in a wheelbarrow for a week.... (When I saw that the flowers had grown out the next afternoon, I had to leave it and see what it would do....).

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 8:34PM
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esh_ga

Basically it's a very aggressive weed.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 9:52PM
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jaredsalzano

its strange how completely different plants take over each year. i dont remember this plant and now it seems that it is everywhere i go. maybe thats just because it is familiar now. hopefully it wont outgrow my supply of jewelweed, i get a lot of poison ivy!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 10:07PM
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bubbleoffplumb(z6 NY)

several years ago it was the decline of jewelweed on my property that made me look a bit closer at this plant.
It is a nasty bit of business that easily takes over.

I don't know where you are located, but around here it's ALL over. Good news -its easy to pull up and, as mentioned above, it is edible (the earlier the tastier).

"Once introduced to an area, garlic mustard outcompetes native plants by aggressively monopolizing light, moisture, nutrients, soil and space. Wildlife species that depend on these early plants for their foliage, pollen, nectar, fruits, seeds and roots, are deprived of these essential food sources when garlic mustard replaces them." (from link below)

Best to start fighting this beast as soon as you see just a few plants 'cause an infestation can occur very rapidly.
Persistence does make a dent in the population - I can attest to this, but it is a constant battle.

good luck

Here is a link that might be useful: pca aliens - garlic mustard info

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 5:24PM
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