Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

A plant that flowers the second year. Young leaves taste of both garlic and mustard giving the english name. The seeds are one of the earliest known spices dating back to 4000BCE. This species has been introduced to North America by earlier settlers.

How To Identify

When flowering, the plant is grown high and thin. Identified by its color white and the small four symmetrical petals of the flower, bundled together with other flowers.

Where and When to Spot

I usually see this flower in forests forming large patches.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Parc Angrignon

    Sunday, May 21, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP 90mm F2.8 Di Macro VC USD F017N

    Focal Length 90mm
    Shutter Speed 1/640s
    Aperture f3.5
    ISO 360

  • Parc Pointe aux Prairies

    Saturday, May 13, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP 90mm F2.8 Di Macro VC USD F017N

    Focal Length 90mm
    Shutter Speed 1/320s
    Aperture f4.5
    ISO 100

Taxonomy

Brassicales
Brassicaceae
Alliaria petiolata