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Are there look-alikes?

Yes there are garlic mustard look-alikes, but it depends on the current form of the plant.

In its rosette form, garlic mustard looks like these native plants:

  • fringecup, Tellima grandiflora – look for hairy leaves and stems
  • piggy-back plant, Tolmiea menziesii – look for hairy leaves and stems
  • ground ivy Glecoma hederacea - Leaves are similar, but creeps along the ground (roots on the stem nodes)

In its flowering form, garlic mustard is often confused with:

  • hairy bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta – look for short plants, 6 to 8-inches high, and compound or deeply-lobed leaves, flowering in March

In its mature form with ripe seedpods, garlic mustard looks like many mustard cousins, including:

  • black mustard, Brassica nigra – look for longer pods with very pronounced seedbumps

fringecup and garlic mustard bittercress