Another invasive species (sigh!)
Compared to some of the other invasive species here on Beaver Island, garlic mustard looks pretty benign.
It’s an edible herb, for heaven’s sake!
Well, if any of you have ever seen how quickly a mint plant can spread to take over the herb garden – or the lawn, for that matter – you know that some herbs can be terribly aggressive. Garlic mustard is one of them.
Add to that the fact that it grows in moist shade – like our woodland areas – and the damage it can do becomes evident.
“Garlic mustard poses a severe threat to native plants and animals in forest communities,” according to the Plant Conservation Alliance:
Many native widlflowers that complete their life cycles in the springtime (e.g., spring beauty, wild ginger, bloodroot, Dutchman’s breeches, hepatica, toothworts, and trilliums) occur in the same habitat as garlic mustard. Once introduced to an area, garlic…
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