Melinda's Garden Moment: Controlling the Invasive Garlic Mustard
taking over our woodlands and landscapes at a rapid rate as it crowds out
native beauties like trillium, spring beauty (Claytonia virginica), and trout lilies (Erythronium).
control this invasive weed in your community and backyard. This culprit, Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), produces small
white flowers atop garlic-scented leaves in spring. These quickly go to seed before dying,
dropping thousands of seeds that will last for years in the soil.
small populations of garlic mustard weeds in spring or cut large populations
free of desirable plants just above the soil surface. Remove any weeds that have begun to flower as
the flowers continue to develop and form seeds.
flowering plants in a clear plastic bag and label as invasive. Allow the sun to cook the plants and kill the
seeds, then dump in the garbage if your
leaves of garlic mustard have been used by Europeans fresh in salads and
steamed, simmered or sautéed for sauces. The long white taproot is grated into vinegar, and used as a substitute
for horseradish. These foods as well as
its medicinal uses are why settlers probably brought these plants to the United
States in the mid 1800's.