Description: This annual plant is ' tall, branching occasionally. The stems have abundant white hairs that are long and straight, but slightly downward-pointing. Sinapis arvensis, a dicot, is an annual herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. Cal-IPC rating: Limited. Wild Mustard. Sinapis arvensis. Name also: Charlock, Charlock Mustard; Family: Mustard Family – Brassicaceae (Cruciferae); Growing form: Annual herb.


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It is also used in making soap[74] and burns well so can be used for lighting[4].


Cultivation details Usually found on heavy alkaline soils in the wild[17]. Succeeds on most soils. The plant harbours an eelworm that attacks sinapis arvensis crops[13]. During a hot dry spell in summer, the leaves often wilt and the size of the plant sinapis arvensis stunted.

Sinapis arvensis Charlock, Charlock mustard, Wild mustard PFAF Plant Database

The seeds of this species can remain sinapis arvensis in the soil for up to 60 years and germinate unexpectedly. It is somewhat more common in northern and central Illinois than the southern area of the state. It sinapis arvensis quite likely that this species occurs in more counties than official records indicate.

Wild Mustard is adventive from Eurasia and it has existed in the United States since the 18th century. Habitats include sinapis arvensis particularly canola or oatsareas along railroads, vacant lots, gardens, and miscellaneous waste areas.

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Flowering Period Early summer - autumn, often until winter. Fruit Pods, cm 1.

Wild Plants of Malta & Gozo - Plant: Sinapis arvensis (Charlock)

Gynoecium fused, sinapis arvensis single carpel. Inflorescence an elongating raceme in fruiting stage. Alternate, lowest stalked, upper stalkless. Brassica and allied crops tribe Brassicacea, Brassicaeaepp. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa.

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