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Hi, can anybody be kind enough to tell me what this plant is?

It has suddenly appeared in my garden in a patch about six-foot long. I have lived at my address for 12 years and have never seen it before.

Many thanks



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,553

    Alliaria petiolata, aka Jack by the Hedge or GarlicMustard.

    Food plant for the larvae of Orange Tip butterflies

  • Thanks, any idea why they have suddenly appeared now. Do they have any toxins I should be aware about when removing?

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,905

    As usual Nut is correct image

    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,553

    No toxins, you can eat them.

    Last edited: 19 May 2016 12:28:39

  • Oh right, good. That's probably the best revenge, thanks

  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener EssexPosts: 1,195

    I've had loads of this come up in unexpected places in my garden this year. We always have it around because we're in the country but this seems a particularly good year for it. I like it in the right place and have also seen lots of orange tip butterflies this year so hopefully they are also thriving!

  • I have seen a few butterflies on it also, mainly cabbage white though.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,047

    I'd whip it out before it sets seed

    It has a long tap root and will re-grow from a bit of tap root left in the soil.

    I've had 000's of these this year - never been so bad and still they're germinating!

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • ThejazzThejazz Posts: 20

    Dug up a fair old whack of this last week. First time I've had it. Wear gloves, it makes your hands stink. 

  • Cheers for the advice, Pete & Jazz. Conditions must be ripe for it this year.

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