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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 Posts: 27,354

    Alliaria petiolata, aka Jack by the Hedge or GarlicMustard.

    Food plant for the larvae of Orange Tip butterflies

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

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,609

    As usual Nut is correct image

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,354

    No toxins, you can eat them.

    Last edited: 19 May 2016 12:28:39

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Oh right, good. That's probably the best revenge, thanks

  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener Posts: 1,232

    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 Posts: 11,135

    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!

    Billericay - Essex

    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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