Species: Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Family: Cabbages (BRASSICACEAE or CRUCIFERAE)

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: NW

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Cabbages (BRASSICACEAE or CRUCIFERAE)

This family has many agricultural plants of culinary usefulness, each with the characteristic four-petalled cruciform flowers.

C. Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

The long-stalked leaves with the heart-shaped base are characteristic of this native plant. Its white flowers appear in April. Smell a crushed leaf to get a strong odour of garlic. The leaves may be added to salads, or used in soups and sauces. Extracts of the plant have a sudorific and antiseptic effect. Sniffing the seeds causes uncontrollable sneezing.

Garlic Mustard is sometimes called 'Jack by the Hedge'.

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Garlic Mustard

The long-stalked leaves with the heart-shaped base of Garlic Mustard are characteristic of this native plant whose white flowers appear in April

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard has heart-shaped leaves which appear in the Cemetery in February.

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard in its second year grows into a tall plant with long green seed pods.

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard in its second year grows into a tall or trailing plant with long green seed pods.

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard is sometimes called 'Jack by the Hedge'.