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Garlic Mustard, Alliaria petiolata Family: Brassicaceae
Alliaria petiolata     *     Garlic Mustard


Flowering time: March-July. Biennial

Habitat: Found on moist, relatively fertile ground in woodland, hedges, roadsides and river banks.

A usually unbranched, more/less hairless plant with 4-petalled white flowers followed by erect beak-less fruit on short thick stalks. The pale-green, coarse-toothed, heart-shaped leaves smell of garlic when crushed.

Important foodplant for the larvae of the Orange-tip butterfly


Garlic Mustard, Alliaria petiolata


Garlic Mustard, Alliaria petiolata
Garlic Mustard, Alliaria petiolata
Parkstone, Dorset. May 2013

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