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Iroquois Park for Frederick Law Olmsted represented “a treasure of sylvan scenery” providing “the grandeur of the forest depths in the dim seclusion of which you may wander musingly for hours.”

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Invasive Species Alert!

March 16, 2012

Garlic Mustard a highly invasive plant in Cherokee Park!

  • Garlic Mustard is a rapidly spreading, invasive plant with a two year life cycle.
  • These exotic plants bloom in spring, invading woodland areas and forest floors.
  • First year plants are recognizable by their scalloped edged leaves, which produce the smell of garlic when crushed. 
  • Second year plants bloom white flowering stems that develop into seedpods containing as many as 3,000 seeds! 

Why is it important to remove it?

  • Garlic Mustard is considered to be one of the most potentially harmful and difficult to control invasive plants.
  • Once established, Garlic Mustard displaces most native species by competing with wildflowers, tree seedlings and wild life for sunlight, nutrients, and water resources.
  • First year plants can be easily removed by hand pulling in the spring and early summer.
  • Hand pulling helps avoid the development of a seed bank, preventing infestation around our trails, parking lots and parks!
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Garlic Mustard Grand Sweep, a set on Flickr.

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