A World in the Woods, Wild Garlic Mustard By josh(or joshua)gough

Garlic Mustard in the Wild

Garlic Mustard or Alliaria is an invasive species that spreads 20 feet a year across the forest floor. In comparison tree roots can grow from 1 to 4 feet a year a big deference. it's classification, Kingdom Plantae – Plants Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons Subclass Dilleniidae Subclass Dilleniidae Family Brassicaceae ⁄ Cruciferae – Mustard family Genus Alliaria Heist. ex Fabr. – alliaria Species Alliaria petiolata Cavara & Grande – garlic mustard

Look for 3 foot stems and 3.4 cm leaves the first year.

Look for triangular shaped leaves and 4 petaled flowers.

Gaelic Mustard roots release seeds that stay at an area for up to 5 years.

Garlic Mustard by roadside

Garlic Mustard invades in low diversity areas of the woodlands in upland habitat also in urban yards and road sides. Garlic Mustard prefers shadowy areas but can survive in sunny habitat. The reason Garlic Mustard is a danger and what its good for is that roots prevent growth of other plants but also stop growth of dangerous bacteria, Edible, Has high amounts of vitamin A, C, A and a Garlicky flavor for food, Juice has anti septic properties stops growth of disease.

Man Picking Garlic Mustard

There not many efforts to stop Garlic Mustard but there are still 3. 1. Be careful when walking in infested areas not to track Garlic Mustard along on a boot to un-infested areas 2. Do not use it in your garden 3. Pick Garlic Mustard in an area this is how.

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Created with images by Hans - "garlic mustard blossom bloom" • Hans - "garlic mustard blossom bloom" • WikimediaImages - "alliaria petiolata jack-by-the-hedge garlic mustard" • BobMacInnes - "all hail the garlic mustard" • Wendell Smith - "Garlic Mustard patch" • WikimediaImages - "alliaria petiolata jack-by-the-hedge garlic mustard" • EcoLivingAdvice.com - "Garlic Mustard" • danxoneil - "INVASIVE: Alliaria petiolata (Garlic mustard)" • aecole2010 - "pulling garlic mustard"

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