General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 24 - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 24 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Salad greens
Cooked greens
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Other: Foliage may cause dermatitis (skin irritation)
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Self
Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Common names
  • Garlic Mustard
  • Sauce Alone
  • Hedge Garlic
  • Jack by the Hedge
  • Garlic Root
  • Penny Hedge
  • Poor Man's Mustard
  • Jack in the Bush

  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Mar 26, 2018 1:13 PM concerning plant:
    Class A noxious weed in Washington state (relative new-comer, if found advise your local Weed Board with location and photo). This is a biennial - the first year it forms a rosette of kidney shaped leaves; and the second yard a stem grows up to 3' tall, blooming in early spring. The fruit can eject seeds up to 10' away, and the plant releases compounds into the soil that prevent other plants from growing. If left unchecked, it can quickly dominate forest floors and displace natives. Pull plants before they go to seed.
  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Dec 5, 2011 11:35 PM concerning plant:
    This has become widespread in many natural areas in the US. As a non native invasive plant, it is such a nuisance in the Patapsco Valley State Park, in Maryland, that they rip it out by the bagfuls. Then they have a recipe contest for cooking it because it is edible!

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