Brassicaceae
Brassica nigra

Black Mustard

Stems erect, slender, with dense stiff hairs, widely branched near top. Basal leaves pinnately lobed, with even, small teeth and rough hairs, green but not shiny; stem leaves similar but smaller, sessile. Flowers clustered in stem tops, with 4 yellow petals to 1/2 in. long. Seedpods on erect stalks, pods 1/3–1/2 in. long, pressed close to stem. Abundant in fields, disturbed places, at low and mid elevations.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: All Spring And Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 12--60 inches
  • Habitat: Meadow, Disturbed
  • Found In: Mt. Rainier NP
  • Native: No