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Garlic Mustard

Alliaria petiolata


This plant, known under many names, is a herbaceous biennial flowering plant, belonging to the mustard family, Brassicaceae. In the second year its development, it takes the above appearance, growing over 1 meter tall.


Common Eurasian wildflower, widespread throughout the continent and found in a variety of habitats. Here, found on edges of a beautiful Bagasse forest (deciduous, predominantly oak, forest) on France-Switzerland border, in a valley of lake Geneva, just in between Jura and Alps mountains ranges. Found growing in shade of trees bordering a walking path in between one agricultural field and a field kept as a pasture, and on banks of a small stream.


Edible plant, chopped leaves used in salads and sauces, adding a flavor of both, garlic and mustard. Young leaves can also be transformed into a pesto sauce. Seeds can replace mustard seeds, and be used in the same fashion. There are some info that it the plant is used in herbalism (and possibly medicine) as disinfectant and diuretic; and for healing wounds.

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

Spotted on Apr 22, 2018
Submitted on May 1, 2018

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