Hirschfeldia incana

Hirschfeldia incana_shortpod mustard_flower_ M JM DiTomaso
Photo: Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: Brassica geniculata, Sinapsis geniculata, Sinapsis incana

Common names: short-pod mustard; Mediterranean mustard; summer mustard; Greek mustard

Hirschfeldia incana (shortpod mustard, summer mustard) is a biennial or short-lived perennial forb (family Brassicaceae) that is becoming an increasing problem in wildlands of southern California. It occurs in coastal scrub and grasslands.

Cal-IPC Rating: Moderate?

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.

Weed Management Notes

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

Other Hirschfeldia incana Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

    Hirschfeldia incana_flowers_copyright 2008_NealKramer
    Hirschfeldia incana (short-pod mustard) flowers. Photo: © 2008 Neal Kramer
    Hirschfeldia incana_seed pods_copyright 2008_NealKramer
    Hirschfeldia incana (short-pod mustard) seed pods. Photo: © 2008 Neal Kramer
    Hirschfeldia incana_growth form_copyright 2014_NealKramer
    Hirschfeldia incana (short-pod mustard) growth habit. Photo: © 2014 Neal Kramer