Mustard (Alliaria officinalis)
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Garlic Mustard (Alliaria officinalis)
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Most of the garlic mustard we have encountered have been growing in patches like
this one, where they grow to heights of between one and three feet. Our
thanks to Michelle Milbank for identifying garlic mustard.
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Most of the mustard garlic in this patch were in shade; but a beam of sunlight
came through the trees and shone upon this plant, as if to say, "Take this
photo!" As you can see, we did.
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These brightly sunlit flowers blind the camera from seeing details. The
garlic mustard has long been used as a condiment or salad green. Unlike
other members of the mustard family (Cruciferae), the garlic mustard emits a
garlic odor when crushed, which led to both its common name and scientific name
(allium is the Latin word for garlic).
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The individual flowers of the garlic mustard are each about 1 cm. in diameter.
The single pistil is easy to identify, but we have found that spotting the six
stamens is more difficult.
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