If your back yard isn’t full of it, then your local park is.

We’re talking about Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) — a plant considered to be one of the most persistent and aggressive non-native plants here in North America.

While many of us are familiar with its appearance, perhaps we’re not familiar with its origins (how exactly did it get here?), its health benefits (who knew it could help to detoxify your liver?), its incredible success story (could a native species be acting as its accomplice?), and its projected decline. (…in 20-30 years, really?)

I recently spent some time in my local woods harvesting from a sprawling patch of Garlic Mustard, and while I was there I thought I’d film some answers to those questions above.  If you’re interested in learning more about this incredibly common plant, check out the new video!