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Officials in eastern Iowa are urging residents to throw away an invasive plant in the garbage instead of composting it in order to ensure the plant won't spread further.

Wild garlic mustard, a type of plant the Department of Natural Resources calls a "threat to other plant life and animals," is specifically being allowed to be thrown away in homeowners' regular garbage -- an exception to a State of Iowa ban on yard waste in the regular garbage.

Linn County officials say those who have wild garlic mustard on their property should place it in a plastic bag and throw it away. They urge people to not compost the plant, as the seeds might not be destroyed in the composting process.

Wild garlic mustard is an herb in the mustard family native to Europe. It has coarse, toothed leaves that give off an odor of garlic when crushed.

The plant monopolizes other native plants when introduced to an area and are toxic to at least one species of butterfly.

For more on wild garlic mustard, visit the Iowa DNR's fact sheet on the plant.

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