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Flower  Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard - Photo  Copyright 2001 Gary Bradley Photo: G. Bradley

Latin name: Alliaria petiolata

Size: The stems grow up to 1m high.

Distribution: Found throughout most of the UK.

Flowering months: April to June.

Habitat: Found in hedgerows and at woodland edges.

Special features: Garlic mustard, sometimes called 'hedge garlic' or 'Jack-by-the-hedge' as it is sometimes called, is actually a member of the wild cabbage family of plants. It has large leaves, which when pinched give off a strong smell of garlic, hence the name. After flowering the seed pods appear, which are shaped like miniature runner beans.

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