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Plant/Weed Idenification Please

Novice23Novice23 Posts: 182
Can anyone tell me what this plant is?  I am pretty certain it is a weed as it has popped up in several places in my garden.  However although I have looked on a few plant and weed identifying websites I have not been able to find it.   If is it a weed is it an annual or perennial and how do I get rid of it.  Will pulling it up be enough?  Any help will be welcome, thanks. 


  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,329
    Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard).
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,966
    Alliaria petiolata aka Hedge Garlic. As country children we knew it as Jack by the Hedge. A pretty wildflower its leaves are an important food for the caterpillars of the lovely Orange Tip butterflies we see at this time of year. 
    Its also edible by humans too

    Its easy to get rid of by just pulling it up but I leave it for the butterflies and their caterpillars and pull it out later in the year. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Novice23Novice23 Posts: 182
    Thank you for your answers and help. I will do as you do, Dovefromabove and leave it for a while.  Do you deadhead it to stop it from setting seed?. 
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