Garlic Mustard - Alliaria petiolata

    Alternative names
    Jack-By-The-Hedge and as Hedge Garlic

    Short to tall plant, hairy, usually unbranched. Leaves pale green, kidney shaped to heart shaped, toothed and smelling of garlic when crushed. Flowers white, 3 to 5 mm in clusters. Fruit 20 to 70 mm erect.

    Identification difficulty

    Roadsides, waste ground, woodland margins, hedgerows.

    When to see it

    April to June.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common throughout most of Britain though scarce in northern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 547 of the 617 tetrads.

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