The Interesting Invasive Garlic Mustard Learn Alot about the awesome Garlic Mustard

The Garlic Mustard is an invasive species and its in the plantae (plant) kingdom. Its higher classification is Alliara. The Garlic Mustard's scientific name is the Allaira Petiota. Another important thing is people can tell that its part of the Mustard family because it has four peddles on its flowers. The final classification is its genus. The Garlic Mustard's genus is also Alliara. Lastly, it is a very aggressive non native herb.

Here are some photograph's of the Garlic Mustard from different views and angles.

Here are some of the many physical, structural, and behavioral characteristics of the Garlic Mustard. First, the behavioral characteristics. The Garlic Mustard has two life stages. Its first stage only grows a cluster of leaves. In addition, here is a structural characteristic of the Garlic Mustard. It has a strong fully grown and formed stem, roots, small flowers, leaves, and finally seeds. Lastly, here are two behavioral characteristics. First, they can remain their seeds in the soil for 30 years. Further more, the garlic mustard's that survive in winter produce flowers and hundreds of seeds in their second year.

Her is my description of the Garlic Mustard. The garlic Mustard is native to Europe. It was brought to North America in the 1800s as use of an edible herb. Also, it carried lots of vitamins, witch colonist thought would be useful for the other plants and animals. The Garlic Mustard likes to live at damp hedgerows, edges of woods an other shady places preferring basic soils. Since its arrival in North America it escaped into the wild. Some places where it is found are Southern and Eastern Ontario, parts of Quebec, Kentucky, Carolina, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. It is now one of Ontario's most aggressive forest invaders.

Here is how the Garlic Mustard migrates to new habitats and Eco systems. The Garlic Mustard migrates extremely fast to new environments. Now you may be wondering, how does the Garlic Mustard do this? Well let me give you an answer to that. The Garlic Mustard seeds spread extremely quickly throughout the under story. They spread through people and animals. Even if you cut off part of the Garlic Mustard it's seeds will still spread rapidly. That is how the Garlic Mustard migrates to new areas, new habitats, and new Eco systems.

Here are some of the negative and positive impacts of the Garlic Mustard . Beginning with, it was originally brought to North America because it contained a lot of vitamin A and C. That is important for plants and animals (positive). The Garlic Mustard spreads across the continent at a rate of 6400 square km per year. that is extremely fast. To give an idea of how fast it is, its an area 10 times the size of Toronto (negative). The Garlic Mustard also interferes with growth of fungi. That is bad because fungi helps bring nutrients to roots and plants (negative). Finally, is the Garlic Mustard threatens native wildflowers, like spring beauty and trillium. The loss of plant diversity threatens native insects like butterflies because food sources may not be available for them (negative). As you can see, most of the impacts are negative witch is bad for other plants and animals.

Here are a lot of Garlic Mustard's.

Now we are going to be talking about efforts to control the invasive Garlic Mustard. People are setting small fires to burn some of the Garlic Mustard. Some times if there is still some left it will grow back. People are also trying to cut the Garlic Mustard. The final way is people cooking it then eating it in different ways to help control the Garlic Mustard.

We need help with the invasive Garlic Mustard! How do you think we can do it?

By: Piper Grober


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