What is this flowering plant in my lawn?

Asked April 24, 2017, 8:56 PM EDT

Can you please tell me what I found growing in a corner of my property on a hill under my neighbor's white pine trees? I tried the weed identification pictures, but didn't see anything like it. They are about 20" tall, with a fairly shallow root system on a 3" taproot. The young leaves resemble Creeping Charlie, but the mature leaves are soft, jagged or scalloped heart-shaped, alternating on the sturdy, upright stems (1 or 2 per root). There are a few small clusters of tiny white flowers similar to Spirea at the top - blooming the third week of April. Pictures attached of pulled plant on the grass, roots, and flowers. Is it a weed? Invasive, Should I eradicate it? If so, will pulling it suffice? The soil is soft & moist, making it easy to pull right now.

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

This is garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), which is an invasive weed in Maryland. We recommend that you hand pull it before the seeds ripen, taking care to remove the roots as well. You may also use glyphosate on the foliage. Be sure to read and follow the label instructions when using any product containing glyphosate.

Here is additional information on garlic mustard and its growth habits: