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tommydog
May 17, 2020 5:09 AM CST
I have drawn a red arrow to the plant that I want to identify. I have see this wild plant everywhere in woodlands where I live in the UK. It tapers to the top with small white flowers. I can't seem to identify it anywhere. If anyone knows I would be very gratefu.
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ViburnumValley
May 17, 2020 5:58 AM CST
Alliaria petiolata - Garlic Mustard.

This is a hugely invasive exotic pest plant here in eastern North America. Other UK gardeners should weigh in on its behavior there.

All those thin pods below the remaining flowers are full of seed, which will ripen and expel even if you pull it now. If you plan to eventually eliminate it, you must destroy (burn, trash, etc.) the plants. I think you will still get seedlings even if you try to compost the plants.
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tommydog
May 17, 2020 6:17 AM CST
ViburnumValley said:Alliaria petiolata - Garlic Mustard.

This is a hugely invasive exotic pest plant here in eastern North America. Other UK gardeners should weigh in on its behavior there.

All those thin pods below the remaining flowers are full of seed, which will ripen and expel even if you pull it now. If you plan to eventually eliminate it, you must destroy (burn, trash, etc.) the plants. I think you will still get seedlings even if you try to compost the plants.


I did think it may have been garlic mustard, but one book I have showed the garlic mustard with slightly more wavy leaf pattern. But if it is garlic mustard, I just found out you can eat it!

Plus I just found an identification video on youtube and it does show it with different variations of the leaf, so I think you are definitely correct

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kniphofia
May 17, 2020 6:33 AM CST
Yes it's garlic mustard a common and lovely hedgerow and woodland wildflower here in the UK.
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ViburnumValley
May 17, 2020 6:34 AM CST
Ah, yes - an efficient way to eliminate pests and have the energy to soldier on...

https://food52.com/recipes/282...

You have noted why it is essential to take a look at all of a plant's parts, and examine more than one source. Did you pluck, crush, and sniff a leaf? That's a good confirmation.

If there were 20 plants potentially in UK woodlands that flowered like that, set those thin seed pods, had that style leaf, and when crushed smelled like garlic - THEN I would be concerned about the waviness of the leaf before confidently providing identification.

Otherwise - let the gastronomy and gourmandise begin!
John
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tommydog
May 17, 2020 11:35 AM CST
Here are a few clearer pictures. Tempted to make a pesto with it. I can smell a slight hint of garlic, but it's really not very strong.
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Silversurfer
May 17, 2020 11:54 AM CST
Alliaria petiolata - Garlic Mustard ....100%

In UK it is not a problem.
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KFredenburg
May 18, 2020 4:37 PM CST
Here is the database entry:
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
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