Garlic Mustard — A Nasty Little Invader

Garlic Mustard forms a monoculture in an Eastern woodland.

Early spring is prime-time to eradicate one of our most relentless local invasive plants: garlic mustard. Here’s what you need to know to ensure this nasty little invader doesn’t overtake your property or surrounding public lands.

The Other Invasive Mustard—Dame’s Rocket

Hesperis along tracks

In the world of mustards, garlic reigns supreme. Culinary tastes aside, Alliaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard) is perhaps the most notorious invasive plant in the mustard family. It’s proclivity for infiltrating and colonizing natural areas justifies it’s top billing.