Garlic Mustard (Alliaria officinalis)

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria officinalis), River Bend, Great Falls, Virginia

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria officinalis)

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Garlic Mustard (Alliaria officinalis)

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria officinalis) is a member of the Brassicaceae or Mustard family.  It is a mostly smooth, erect biennial growing up to 3-feet in height.  The leaves have the smell of garlic, and are mostly deltoid, coarsely-toothed and are from 1.2- to 2.4-inches long and wide. The 4-petal flowers, borne on short to almost none existent stalks, are white and only 0.25-inches in length.  A native of Europe, this plant is found wild in gardens and woods throughout the eastern US.  The Garlic Mustard flowers from April to May.


  1. Emily

    Very cool, Mark. I don’t know much about seeds, flowers or gardening in general. Do you grow Garlic Mustard? You seem very knowledgeable!

    • Thank you for visiting my web-site.

      Garlic Mustard is a wildflower, it is not cultivated. My information comes from a collection of books I have built up over a number of years as I like to be able to properly identify what I am photographing.

  2. Love the DoF here, Mark. Lovely shot, man. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of these plants. Nice!

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