Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Alliaria officinalis Andrz.

Name: Alliaria officinalis Andrz.
syn. Alliaria petiolata (M. Bieb.) Cavara & Grande
Croatian name: Češnjača
English name: Garlic mustard
Family: Brassicaceae

This is biennial plant growing from a deep tap root. Plant grows to 1 m tall. Triangularly shaped leaves have toothed margins and smell of garlic when crushed. The white flowers have four petals and
are clustered at the end of the stem. Fruit: silique
Plant produces lots of small, black seeds.

The plant is edible.

Location: Lipik


  1. This is a very pretty flower!

  2. This is a terrible weed in the US, a true invasive in the worst sense of the word. It has been taking over our native woodlands here in Pennsylvania for quite a while. Almost impossible to eliminate because of the volume of seedlings it creates. Is it native to Croatia?

  3. Yes, it belongs to our native flora but I haven't noticed it's invasive nature here.

  4. Interesting, I never heard of garlic mustard before.