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Alliaria petiolata

Thick stand of garlic mustard plants in flower.

Garlic mustard habit in woods.

Garlic mustard flower.

  • The genus name of garlic mustard (Alliaria) is partly derived from the genus name for garlic (Allium) because of garlic mustard's strong garlic-like odor.

  • Garlic mustard is also known as 'sauce-alone' because it was customary to use the plant in sauces and salads.

  • Garlic mustard is higher in vitamins A and C than many commercially available fruits and vegetables.

  • Because garlic mustard forms dense colonies on sloping land, it may help prevent soil erosion.

  • Leaves were applied externally to treat gangrene and ulcers.