Alliaria petiolata, Garlic Mustard.
Alliaria petiolata, Garlic Mustard is a native to Eurasia that arrived in North America only to become a very serious weed. As the name implies, Garlic Mustard has a garlic-like odor. In Eurasia the plant is either annual or perennial. In the U.S. it is known as an obligate biennial, in other words, it produces a basal rosette of leaves the first year, then shoots up a flowering stalk, goes to seed, and dies the second year, and it always behaves this way. Historically in England, it was used by peasants as condiment, known as “sauce alone." The wild herb was used to flavor breads and butter, salted meats, salads or cooked as a pot herb. But as a weed in the U.S., it has no redeeming qualities.
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