Wild Mustard

(Brassica campestris)
wild mustard
Wild Mustard on the Main Post.

Will Elder, NPS


Origin Of Genus Name: Brassica is Latin for "cabbage."

Presidio Locations: Found in coastal prairie and dune scrub.

Range In State: Throughout California.

Description: This exotic perennial from Europe and Asia has clusters of tiny, yellow flowers with four petals. Upright, sparingly branched stems have blade-like leaves and can reach 3 to 6 feet in height. Wild Mustard is thought to have been introduced to California by the Franciscan Padres who scattered the seeds along the Camino Real to make the road easier to find. Blooms January to May.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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