Garlic Mustard - Alliaria petiolata

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

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
Habitat

Roadsides, waste ground, woodland margins, hedgerows.

When to see it

April to June.

Life History

Biennial.

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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Species profile

Common names
Garlic Mustard
Species group:
Wildflowers
Kingdom:
Plantae
Order:
Brassicales
Family:
Brassicaceae
Records on NatureSpot:
573
First record:
01/01/2006 (Harry Ball)
Last record:
30/06/2024 (Carter, Robert)

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