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mary389mary389 Posts: 8

Hi

Please can anyone identify this plant, which may be a weed.  They are large leaves, about the size of my hand growing in clumps. ( the smaller leaves in foreground are primulas) I think they were in the new top soil in my new raised beds.  No sign of any flowers.

Mary

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,877

    Alliaria petiolata, Jack by the Hedge

    Food plant for the larvae of Orange Tip butterflies

  • mary389mary389 Posts: 8

    Just been and had a sniff, I think you have got it.  Thank you.  I think I'll pull most out but leave a couple of plants.  Didn't want to dig any out until I knew what it was.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,877

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  • I'm not condoning the sampling of questionable plants but I sometimes have a quick nibble to differentiate species. Not suggesting you follow suit!!!

    Alliaria petiolata is also known as garlic mustard and has a very garlicky taste with soft undertones of mustard (sort of). It makes a superb salad leaf/ garnish. It is usually a Spring plant and has (mostly) finished its business by this time of year; dead leaves, horiontal seed pods standing perpendicuar to the upright stems.

    On the allotment there is analomst identical-looking plant hat is incredbly close in appearane toa a seeyoung dling garlic mustard but evades identificationas as it tastes bitter beyond belief. 

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