Sunday, May 17, 2009

Alliaria petiolata: flowers and seed pods

Warning: this is an extremely invasive plant in Toronto.

[Photo: a zillion garlic mustard plants in High Park.]Yes, I know, this is my third post about garlic mustard in May, but this is the first time I've shown the fully opened flowers and nefarious seed pods of this plant. Here you can see how garlic mustard practically forms a monoculture. (Photo taken in High Park, south of the Black Oak Café).

[Photo: closeup of Alliaria petiolata flowers and seed pods.]Here's a close-up of the flowers and seed pods. If you missed it, or if you aren't convinced that this plant should be uprooted on sight (at least in North America), reread my post about why garlic mustard is horrible. Then read Sarah's article, Top 10 Reasons to Search and Destroy Garlic Mustard. Then if you still aren't convinced, google it and see why experts agree this plant does not belong here in North America.

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