Invasive Plants in Northern Virginia: Garlic Mustard
One of the most troublesome invasive plants in Arlington County, Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) is an herb of European and Asian origin that was likely introduced by settlers for food or medicinal purposes.
In 2008, I attended a lecture by Dr. Douglas Tallamy about how suburban gardeners can make a significant positive impact on our environment by using native plants. His talk was full of fascinating facts and examples. It spoke to my long-held concern for the problems facing the natural world , and gave me hope that I could actually make a difference just by how I gardened – something I loved doing.