Garlic Mustard vs Skunk Cabbage: Wetland Wars and Adaptation
|PHOTO BY JONATHAN SCHECHTER/ MARCH 21, 2014|
and Canada and continues to spread into high quality woodlands upland and floodplain forests, not just disturbed high-use trail use areas. Sadly garlic mustard alters habitat suitability for the success of native flora and fauna. I photographed these bright green just emerged garlic mustard leaves last weekend in a wooded wetland of the Oak Openings Preserve of Lucas County, Ohio. Of note is the young garlic mustard plants received a head start on their growth season by emergence adjacent to skunk cabbage (hooded reddish/yellow plant in photo), a native plant that creates its own heat and melts and pushes up through ice and snow before other plants and by that act created a more suitable habitat for invasive garlic mustard. .