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Garlic Mustard

Alliaria petiolata (M. Bieb.) Cavara & Grande (formerly A. officinalis)

  • Image: broadleaf Plantain
  • Image: broadleaf Plantain
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Found in:

  • Shady landscaped areas including parks and golf courses


  • Biennial plant that grows as a low basal rosette its first year
  • First plant year has heart-shaped, scallop-edged leaves
  • Leaves become smaller as they progress up the flowering stem
  • Second year plant has 2-3' tall flowering stems
  • Bears numerous small clusters of small white flowers in late spring
  • Has a garlic odor when crushed


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