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Garlic Mustard is considered one of the top 10 most destructive species to a woodland area. Garlic mustard is self-fertile and is very difficult to eradicate once it is established in an area. It spreads rapidly and displaces native or other desired plants in a relatively short period of time. Each plant can produce thousands of seeds which can be spread by wildlife, humans, water, or other means.  Garlic mustard has a biennial life cycle, meaning that it completes its life cycle over a two-year period. In the first year, seedlings germinate in the spring and form into basal rosettes -a low cluster of heart-shaped leaves (see picture on the left).  In the following spring, the garlic mustard will shoot straight up into a tall, slender flower with clusters of small white, four-petal flowers (see picture on the right). Since the plant only flowers in the second year, the plants may appear less numerous in some years.