Garlic mustard is an invasive herb native to Europe. It was brought to North America in the early 1800s for use as an edible herb. Available in the early spring and high in vitamins A and C, it has a strong, distinctive smell similar to garlic. Since its arrival in North America it has escaped into the wild and is now one of Ontario’s most aggressive forest invaders.
|What is it?||Garlic Mustard is an invasive plant.|
|Where did it come from?||Europe.|
|Where is it found?||Across Ontario, in forests and yards, along trails and roadsides.|
|What does it do?||Garlic Mustard spreads quickly by seed and out-competes native wildflowers like Trout Lily and Trillium.|
|What can you do?||Always garden with non-invasive plants!|