Irish wildflowers

Garlic Mustard, Alliaria petiolata, Bóchoinneal
Photos: Blarney, Co.Cork

Garlic Mustard / Jack-by-the-hedge
Alliaria petiolata
Family: Brassicaceae

Flowering March-July. Biennial. Native.

White flowers, 4-petalled. Erect beak-less fruit on short thick stalks.
Pale-green, coarse-toothed, heart-shaped leaves. Smell of garlic when crushed.
Usually unbranched, more/less hairless. Height: to 120cm.

Found on disturbed ground in woodland, hedges, roadsides, river banks.
Prefers moist, relatively fertile soils. Locally frequent N and central Ireland, rare in the west and in Waterford and Wexford.

Garlic Mustard. Blarney, Co.Cork. April 2008

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