Garlic Mustard

Alliaria petiolata

Photo of Garlic Mustard
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension

Garlic mustard derives its name from the garlic odor of the leaves when crushed. It has a white flower appearing in early spring. The leaf has a distinctive triangular shape with a squared off base. Definitely on the increase in New Jersey but not yet a problem in cropping systems or other areas.

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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences