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The ball mustard is an annual plant in the mustard (Brassicaceae) family that germinates in the autumn months. It forms a basal rosette of leaves throughout autumn then flowers early spring. They die off in the heat of the summer. Ball mustard weeds generally look very similar to other mustard plants, except the seeds are in a ball-like pouch.
Distinguishing Features: Ball mustard resembles small-seeded false flax, in habit and appearance, but can be distinguished from it and other members of the mustard family by the combination of its bright yellow petals, its clasping auriculate leaves, the rough texture produced by the stellate hairs on its stems
Flowers: The flowerhead is a slender raceme that is initially dense then elongates. Flowers borne on slender stalks. Flowers are yellow with the petals having a rounded tip. Flowers in May/June.
Leaves: Leaves occur alternate. They have a pinnate leaf venation, are oblong, with a sagittate leaf shape. Forms a rosette at base. Leaf blades are oval. Leaf surface is somewhat hairy.
Height: Leaves occur alternate. They have a pinnate leaf venation, are oblong, with a sagittate leaf shape. Forms a rosette at base. Leaf blades are oval. Leaf surface is somewhat hairy.
Habitat: Found in disturbed areas, waste areas, farms, fields, and prefers sunny locations. This plant grows throughout Canada, most of the northern and some central states, Europe, Australia and some areas of Asia, Africa and South America.
Edible parts: Leaves are edible.
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