What Does a Mustard Plant Look Like?

Mustard plants have large leafy greens and yellow flowers. They are sometimes called mustard greens, white mustard or leaf mustard.

Cherry Blossom Trees and Field Mustard
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mustard field


leaf mustard crops
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mustard leaves

Mustard leaves are broad and flat veined. Typically dark green, they can have purple streaks and appear curly or smooth, with toothy edges.


leaf mustard plantation
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mustard leaves on plantation

Mustard leaves cluster together as they grow. Mustard leaves grow from shoots in clusters close together rather than from a single head, like lettuce.


Mustard flowers
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close up of mustard flower

Mustard plants develop bright yellow flowers with four petals and six small stamen. The flowers are edible, as are the leaves.

Seed Pods

Mustard seeds
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mustard seeds

Mustard plants have long, skinny seed pods. Sometimes colored black, purple or green, the seed pods split in the middle to expose small black or dark brown seeds.


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large mustard field

Mustard plants grow throughout most of the North America, Europe, South America and Asia.