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Help identifying this plant/weed

SlumSlum Posts: 350

I'm sure it is a common one which someone will identify for me in seconds...

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,427

    It's Jack-by-the-hedge or Garlic Mustard (2 names for the same plant).  It's a weed, but an important food plant for Orange Tip butterfly caterpillars, if you have room to keep a patch somewhere...

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  • SlumSlum Posts: 350

    Thanks for that. Your identification lead me here: http://www.naturessecretlarder.co.uk/wild-food-useful-plants/jack-by-the-hedge-alliaria-petiolata.htm . I may try eating it.The patch were it is is in front of the greenhouse and will probably stay. I have been pulling out a lot of its seedlings from around the garden though. 

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,509

    I've no idea where it comes from, but every year I'm plagued by this stuff. Thousands of seedlings appear throughout the year all over the garden and between every paving crack etc I hoe, blast with glyphosphate, but they just keep coming

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,427

    Maybe you should try eating it, Pete8.  In my garden that's a sure-fire way to ensure something dies... as soon as you think "that could come in handy" it turns up its toes...  image

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,509

    Good idea I'll go down the garden and threaten them.

    Glyphosphate probably has the edge tho image

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Don't bother with Glyphosate - they are very easy to pull up.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,351

    Noooooooooooo!  don't use glyphosate ... the little plants are really good in a mix of salad leaves! image

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