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Common dogmustard (Erucastrum gallicum)

Common dogmustard Synonyms: Brassica erucastrum

Description: First collected in Michigan in 1922 along railroad tracks in Washtenaw County.


Leaves: Deeply divided, oblong or oblanceolate, pinnately lobed, 3-10 major lobes per side; lobes mostly narrow, shallowly lobed and rounded at lobe tips, terminal lobe largest. Basal and lower leaves 1-11 inches long, 1/3-4 inches wide, smaller as they ascend the stem. Sparsely covered in stiff, curved, appressed white hairs.

Stems: Branched, erect to ascending, sparsely to moderately covered in stiff, curved, appressed white hairs.

Flowers: Elongated clusters at the top and ends of branching stems, pale yellow to nearly white in color, 1/4 to 1/3 inch wide, 4 rounded petals, spatula shaped, narrow at the base, wide spreading at the tip, 6 yellow stamens, 4 sepals that are erect, lance-oblong green to reddish in color and sparsely covered in stiff, curved white hairs.

Fruit and seeds: Smooth, slender, 4-sided pod, 3/4 to 1.5 inches long, short beak at the tip, ascending to slightly curved upwards. Seeds are reddish brown, 1-1.5 mm long, with a honeycomb texture.

Habitat: Native to Europe. Can be found in roadsides, railroads, dumps, gravel pits, gardens, vacant lots, limestone quarries, shores and other disturbed sites.

Reproduction: By seed.

Monitoring and rapid response: Small infestations can be hand pulled.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from Minnesota Wildflowers and the University of Michigan Herbarium.

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Common Name:

Common dogmustard

Scientific Name:

Erucastrum gallicum




Annual, Biennial



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