Thursday 20th July 2017
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
When viewed from a distance this wildflower appears similar to stinging nettles with its heart shaped, scalloped leaves growing around a single central stalk however it can be distinguished by its hairless leaves and the scent it gives off, for its name is very descriptive of the garlic smell given off by crushed leaves. Garlic mustard also grows in damp, dappled shades around hedgerows and at the edge of woodlands. This plant can grow up to one meter tall and produces white flowers in late spring.
By Tom Cowley
Fun fact; Garlic mustard is considered an invasive weed in several states in the USA due to its hardy nature and that each plant produces up to a thousand seeds.