MBCA’s “Hold the Mustard” Weed-Pull Event
It may be the season of hearts and flowers (Happy Valentine’s Day!), but there is one flower that is not loved in our desert… that of the Saharan mustard. It is time for our annual “Hold the Mustard” cooperative effort with Joshua Tree National Park to reduce the spread of the invasive plant that reduces wildflower displays and provides fuel for fires.
Please review the attached flyer, (see LINK below) and choose one or more of the half-day weed pull work parties listed (choose from 3 Saturdays and 1 Sunday) to help “Hold the Mustard” and preserve the health and beauty of our desert.
Thank you. MBCA Hold the Mustard Committee:
Deborah Bollinger, Ruth Rieman, Claudia Sall
MBCA’s mustard information page: http://mbconservation.org/mustard.html
Growth Habit: Herb/Forb
Native Status: Introduced
Habitat: Desert, Upland. This invasive, non-native weed is common along roadsides and in disturbed areas.
Flower Color: Light yellow
Flowering Season: Winter (late), Spring (early)
Height: To 3 feet (91 cm) tall
Description: The flowers have 4 petals and are 1/4 inch (6 mm) across. The flowers are followed by 2.5 inch (6.4 cm) long seedpods. The leaves are mainly in a basal rosette and are green, pinnately lobed, and have toothed margins.
Edible (?) – The young leaves and shoots are edible if cooked. Do not consume in excessive amounts as these may be toxic.
Poisonous – Like other Brassica species, the roots and seeds contain glucosinolates and brassica anemia factor, which can be toxic to livestock and humans. The foliage may also be toxic if consumed in too large amounts.