Balance in the desert ecosystem is threatened by many invasive plants. Sahara Mustard is perhaps best known, but there are many others that are equally problematic.
Sahara mustard is an invasive non-native weed that is a significant threat to our desert plants and wildflowers. It is also a fire hazard. Use these resources to identify the plant to stop its spread.
Here is a list of other invasive plants found around the Morongo Basin and in the Mojave Desert. Click each one to find a comprehensive guide on how to recognize and fight these invaders. Many thanks to Pat Flanagan for creating these very helpful guides.
"The other mustard" - London rocket - Sisymbrium irio
Red Brome - Bromus madritensis ssp. rubes
Cheat Grass - Bromus tectorum
Bermudagrass - Cynodon Dactylon
Red Stem Filaree or "Storksbill" - Erodium circutarium
Fountain Grass - Pennisetum setaceum
Rabbit foot Grass - Polypogon monspeliensis
Mediterranean Grass - Schismus spp.
Tall Tumble mustard - Sisymbrium altissimum
Indian Hedgemustard - Sisymbrium orientale
Mediterranean Needlegrass - Stipa capensis
Puncture Vine - Tribulus terristris
Tumbleweed, Russian Thistle - Salsola tragus
Tree of Heaven - Ailanthus altissimus
Tamarisk, Salt Cedar - Tamarix spp.