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Garlic Mustard

Alliaria petiolata

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Brassicales
Family:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Habitats:
Hedgerows, woodland.

Flower:
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White, 4 petals
 
Tiny 4 white petals with yellow centres.
Fruit:
Long, thin, slender pod which arches upwards and contains numerous seeds. The seed pods have 4 blunt edges.
Leaves:
The light green, stalked leaves are variable in shape from round to kidney or heart-shaped. Their margins are irregularly wavy.
Aroma:
The whole plant smells of half mustard and half garlic, hence the reason why it is called Garlic Mustard.
Other Names:
Garlic Root, Garlicwort, Hedge Garlic, Jack-by-the-hedge, Jack-in-the-bush, Mustard Root, Penny Hedge, Poor Man's Mustard, Sauce-alone, Skyut.
Frequency (UK):
Abundant  
Distribution Map

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