is this a weed or a flower to be?

Asked April 4, 2020, 6:02 PM EDT

I was weeding the invasive spreading stuff, and noticed the slightly taller plants with the roundish leaves. I never saw them before in this spot. Have you any idea what it is?

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

This looks like it might be garlic mustard (an invasive weed). Garlic mustard leaves are smooth and mostly hairless. Also, if you tear a leaf, the garlic mustard will have a garlicky/oniony scent.

Here is our information about garlic mustard, https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/garlic-mustard

This fact sheet about garlic mustard mentions some of the common look-alike plants,
https://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/gotpests/weeds/factsheets/garlic-mustard-wash.pdf

Marian