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.
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?
As usual Nut is correct
No toxins, you can eat them.
Last edited: 19 May 2016 12:28:39
Oh right, good. That's probably the best revenge, thanks
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.
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!
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.