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Garlic mustard plants causing problems for native MN plants

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- There's a relatively new and stubborn invasive species in Minnesota and if you have a little time this weekend, you can help fix the problem.

The invasive plant goes by the name of garlic mustard.

It has a very strong smell of garlic and it has distinct heart shaped leaves.

The plant poses no threat to wildlife and because it has such a garlicky taste, animals don't eat it.

And that is the major issue--this plant has no known enemies or predators. And without control, experts fear the plant will spread and choke out native plants that are growing nearby.

This Saturday at 11:50 at Quarry Hill Nature Center, volunteers are asked to come pick these invasive plants that are growing around the nature center.

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