On Saturday Ken and I took the class Native Plant Uses at Joshua Tree National Park's Desert Institute. The class was held at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and I was able to get clarity on something you all probably already know – the difference between these three mustards growing in the area:
- Sahara mustard
- London rocket, and
- Western tansy mustard.
|Sahara mustard seeds|
|Sahara mustard, brassica tournefortii|
|London rocket sprouting. The tender greens and flowers are edible.|
If you do work with the angels and pull Sahara mustard where you find it, please place the plants in black plastic garbage bags and tie the tops. If you pull them and leave them on the side of the road the seed pods will dry and open and spread hundreds of seeds. Thanking you in advance for any pulling that you do.