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Wild Flowers of Sleepy Hollow Lake
- Garlic Mustard (Alliaria officinalis) -
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(Garlic Mustard - 01) Garlic mustard is a common, rapid growing, spring blooming wildflower that is usually found in semi-shaded places.

 

 

 

(Garlic Mustard - 02) 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.

 

 

 

(Garlic Mustard - 02a) The leaves of the garlic mustard are triangular or broadly heart shaped with toothed edges and grow alternately along the stem.

 

 

 

(Garlic Mustard - 03) In addition to the top flower cluster, the garlic mustard also has smaller flower clusters growing from the upper juncture of the leaves and stems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Garlic Mustard - 04) Another characteristic of the garlic mustard is the stem-like projections that grow around some of the flower clusters.

 

 

 

 

(Garlic Mustard - 05) 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.

 

 

 

 

(Garlic Mustard - 06) 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).

 

 

 

(Garlic Mustard - 07) Each flower of the garlic mustard has four petals in the form of a cross, one pistil, and 6 stamens.

 

 

 

 

 

(Garlic Mustard - 08) This photo gives us a closer look at the detail of a garlic mustard leaf.

 

 

 

 

(Garlic Mustard - 09) 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.

 

 

 

 

 

(Garlic Mustard - 10) Even in this close-up photo, it is still difficult to see the six stamens.

 

 

 

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