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Tumble Mustard
Brassicaceae (Sisymbrium altissimum)


Biology and Management

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Tumble Mustard Seedling (link to large image)

Tumble Mustard Flowers (link to large image)

Tumble Mustard Seedling Tumble Mustard Flowers

Tumble Mustard Mature Plant (link to large image)

Tumble mustard is a winter annual or annual. It is a native of Europe, but is widely scattered throughout the United States. It is common in small grains, rangeland, waste areas, and along roadsides. This species often breaks off at soil level at maturity and scatters seeds as it tumbles in the wind. The stems are simple below, much branched above having a bushy appearance. It grows 2 to 5 feet tall. Leaves are alternate and of 2 types; lower leaves are coarse and divided into broad lobes or leaflets. Upper leaves are much reduced and finer with narrow lobes or segments. Flowers are small, pale yellow, in racemes. Fruit is a slender 2-valved capsule 2 to 4 inches long. The seeds are small, numerous, yellow to brown and oblong.
Tumble Mustard Mature Plant


This section contains information on identification of the different life stages of Tumble Mustard.  Select Biology and Management from the Contents Menu for more information on the biology and management, or select Registered Herbicides for the herbicides that are registered to control this weed in mint.