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Overview

Mustard plants possess yellow flowers with four petals that join at a narrowed base. These plants produce a plethora of rounded seeds that spread rapidly over an area, turning entire landscapes yellow when the plants bloom in the spring and early summer.

Size

In the United States, there are about six separate species of mustard plant, ranging in size from 1 foot tall to as high as 6 feet.

Benefits

Mustard oil is used for medicinal purposes and in soaps, while the greens of some mustard plants are edible.

Geography

North Dakota leads the United States in mustard production. The Canadian provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba grow much of the world's mustard crop.

Effects

One type of mustard plant non-native to this nation is garlic mustard, which can take over the woodlands, growing so quickly and tall that wildflowers such as bloodroot and trillium cannot prosper.

Types

Mustard plants suffer from the effects of an assortment of diseases, which include white rust, stalk rot, downy mildew and leaf spot.

References

  • Garlic Mustard:Invasive Plant Association of Wisconsin
  • Mustard:Purdue University
  • "Weeds";Alexander Martin;1987
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Prinalgin has written thousands of articles for Demand Studios, Associated Content and The Greyhound Review. A Connecicut native, Prinalgin has written extensively about sports, fishing, and nature.

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