We have reached the ‘tween season where the spring ephemerals have disappeared and the full bounty of summer blossoms has not yet arrived. Still, there’s much to enjoy out and about in Duneland.
As the Wisconsin ice sheet retreated into Canada more than 11,000 years ago, seed from Cirsium canescens (Platte thistle) found its way to the newly formed Great Lakes.
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.