CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginians are being asked to help fight the spread of an invasive plant that is threatening the state's natural wild flowers.
The Garlic Mustard plant is considered one of West Virginia's most invasive species. The Division of Natural Resources and other groups have formed special events to keep the plant from spreading
on public lands.
Garlic Mustard was introduced by European settlers for medicinal purposes and cooking. The weed competes with native plants for sunlight, water and nutrients.
The Monongahela National Forest, Appalachian Forest Heritage Area and the Potomac Highland Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area have organized Garlic Mustard pulls for later this month.
The pulls are intended to keep the weed in check at public forests, Blue Bend Campground and the Pocahontas 4-H camp.
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