Garlic Mustard

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Biology
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Garlic Mustard

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Plant

Type Of Biotic Factor

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This is what it looks like upclose

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The Garlic Mustard is an invasive herb native to Europe.It was brought to North America in the early 1800's for use as an edible herb

WHAT HAVE THEY DONE!!!

Garlic Mustard

Infested area

Origin

the Garlic Mustard has invaded many wooded areas of New Jersey with the exception of the Pinelands. It poses a serious threat to native plant and insect diversity. In addition to disturbed forest lands, garlic mustard affects gardens, flower beds, low tillage farming operations and even lawn areas.

Highly shade tolerant, Garlic Mustard is capable of invading high quality, mature forests.

What does it look like?

Stem: Single weak stem for each plant. Can reach up to 80 cm(3 ft.) in height.

Fun Fact

Seed/Fruit: Long brown seedpods.

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This Invasive is frequently found in moist, shaded soil of river foodplains, forests, edges and openings, especially in disturbed areas. Garlic Mustard is associated with calcareous soils and does not tolerate high acidity.

Habitat

Garlic Mustard was likely introduced into the United States by early European settlers for culinary or medicinal purposes. It was first recorded in Long Island, New York in 1868

Introduced

Flowers: Small and white. Four petals form a cross.

Massive amounts of money must be put into the removal of Garlic Mustard because of its rapid spread throughout the United States. Many states have strict regulations and policies that prevent Garlic Mustard from invading thier ecosytems. States are pouring massive amounts of money into those rules because of Garlic Mustard's extremely dangerous effects.

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How To Get Rid Of Garlic Mustard

The best method for controling Garlic Mustard, or any other Invasive plant, is to prevent its establishment. Disturbances in the forest understory that would allow for rapid invasion should be minimized. This would include limiting foot trafic, grazing, and erosion-causing activities. Monitoring the forest understory and removing any Garlic Mustard as soon as they are introduced will help to prevent the establishment and spread to this invader.

The invasion of Garlic Mustard in North America has caused many problems. One of the most significant of those is Garlic Mustard's impact to our economy. The cost to remove Garlic Mustard is not a fixed number, as it has not been calculated yet, but the number is sure to be in the millions. All of that money goes into the prevention of Garlic Mustard invading habitats, the removal of Garlic Mustard from ecosystems, and the social awareness of Garlic Mustard.

Fun Fact

The scientific name for Garlic Mustard is Alliaria Petiolata


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