6th May 2017

Garlic Mustard or Jack by the Hedge, is the other garlic plant out at the moment. Seen along hedgerows and woodland edges in many places. Its introduction to the USA by settlers shows how nutritious a plant this was held to be by our ancestors- used for food, medication ( believed to heal wounds, for example) and one of the first recorded European spices regularly used in cooking. The roots also taste like Horseradish. You can snack on the seeds when out for a walk. The other reason to value it is that it is one of the main host plants for the wonderful Orangetip Butterfly, out and about in our garden and local areas now. Conditions: Bright and breezy. Temperature: Max 16- Min 8 c.

Jack by the Hedge, Garlic Mustard

Jack by the Hedge, Garlic Mustard

Clump of Jack by the Hedge growing as it often does, along a verge or hedgerow

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