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Garlic mustard is rapidly becoming one of Michigan’s worst woodland weeds. Its thrifty, biennial habit allows the plant to optimize growth before native vegetation greens up while sewing thousands of seeds with each mother plant. A native to Europe, it was originally introduced in North America by settlers for its “proclaimed” medicinal properties and use in cooking. (Just break a root or leaf and take a whiff.) Unfortunately, because of its invasive habit, garlic mustard is rapidly dominating the forest floor, changing woodland habitat for plants and animals alike. Given the chance, it will also invade the home landscape and even take over patches of existing groundcover.

Registration is recommended but not required. This event is offered in partnership with the Western Lake Erie Cluster of the Stewardship Network.

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