Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #21 Jack-by-the-Hedge or Garlic Mustard

Bradlaugh Fields Early May flowers 019

A very distinctive plant with a distinctive smell when you crush the heart-shaped leaves, which many people find quite tasty added to a salad. As one of its names also suggests, it’s frequently found growing in masses in the dappled shade along the hedgerow. Like the lady’s smock it has four petals in a cross shape, which only develop in the plant’s second year, and these two are major food-plants for the larvae of the orange-tip butterfly.

Alliaria petiolata

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2 thoughts on “Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #21 Jack-by-the-Hedge or Garlic Mustard

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