Quicks's picture

Plant in my shaded garden

Observed: 7th June 2013 By: Quicks
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Have had a few of these plants pop up in my shaded back garden. I don't know what they are. Are they a weed? I had scattered wildflower mix there a few seasons ago so wondering if they are some sort of wildflower. If not, I'd like to get rid of them as they're taking up a bit of space. Thanks

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Species with which Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) interacts


Amadan's picture

It looks rather like

Alliaria petiolata, known variously as Garlic Mustard, Jack-by-the-Hedge, and other names - though I'd have said it is rather late in the year for it.
Bruise a leaf and sniff: if it smells rank and garlicky, that's what it is.
In that case, you can weed it out if you want, and you can make a pungent sauce with vinegar and a little sugar from the young leaves. Some also make pesto-type dressings, or even chop a few leaves into a salad.

Major Bombylius's picture

Also a food plant of the

Also a food plant of the Orange Tip butterfly

lavateraguy's picture

It's only a weed if you don't want it.

Weed and wildflower are not exclusive terms. But Alliaria petiolata would not usually be included in a wildflower seed mix

Quicks's picture

Great, thanks all. I will

Great, thanks all. I will give it a sniff to see if it smells.

Plymouth Phil's picture

Alliaria petiolata common names

We are better sticking to Alliaria petiolata as it is also known as Jack-by the-hedge, Garlic Root, Hedge Garlic, Sauce-alone, Jack-in-the-bush, Penny Hedge, Poor man's Mustard, Garlicwort and Mustard root!