Fruits and vegetable week: Knoblauchsrauke from Ritterhude:
Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)  german Knoblauchsrauke is a more or less a weed, growing everywhere.
The genus name Alliaria, “resembling Allium”, refers to the garlic-like odour of the crushed foliage.
Lawrence Newcomb gives the species name Alliaria officinalis for this plant.
The leaves, flowers and fruit are edible as food for humans, and are best when young. They have a mild flavour of both garlic and mustard, and are used in salads and pesto. They were once used as medicine. In Europe as many as 69 species of insects and 7 species of fungi utilize Garlic Mustard as a food plant, including the larvae of some Lepidoptera species such as the Garden Carpet moth.

-This plant correctly known as Alliaria petiolata (syn: A, officinalis; Sisymbrium alliaria), is common in the Himalayas also, I remember it from Kashmir for its garlic like smell of crushed leaves,  it is also known as
garlic mustard, garlicwort and hedge garlic.


Kalatope id al220311:
Location Kalatope, Chamba dist.
Altitude 2100 mt

Habit herb
Habitat wild
Height 15 inches

– I think Alliaria petiolata

This one is very distinct in broad cordate leaves (heart shaped) and onion like smell when you crush the leaves.


Location Kalatope, Chamba
Altitude 2100 mt
Habit herb
Habitat wild
Height 10 inches

– Yes, it looks like Alliaria petiolata, Knoblauchrauke (German)  or garlic mustard. We use the young leaves and flowers in place of garlic and it grows like a weed.

But I saw the hairy stem in … Fotos. In Alliaria petiolata Fotos in Wiki and also in Fotos from my garden I did not see any hair. So I was not sure and did not answer.
    Please find some Fotos from my garden taken last year on 14. Mai. Is it same as Alokjis Herb?

Knoblauchsrauke Alliaria petiolata (syn: Sisymbrium alliaria) from my garden in Ritterhude:
This is a weed, difficult to keep under control. The fotos are from May 2010.
Again a good ingrediant for salads etc.

You have reminded me of of my research days. It was very common in the forest where I worked for my Ph. D.


20042012 ASP 02:
please find attached photos of flowering plant from Srinagar, J & K photographed during third week of March. Requesting id.


Plant for ID from Paddar valley J&K 110812-03:

Kindly identify this plant
Location: Paddar valley J&K
Altitude: 2000 meters asl
Habit/habitat: Wild herb
Height: 30-40 cms

Brassicaceae Week: Alliaria petiolata from Kashmir:
Alliaria petiolata (M. Bieb.) Cavara & Grande, Bull. Orto Bot. Regia Univ. Napoli 3:418. 1913

Syn: Arabis petiolata M. Bieb.; Sisymbrium alliaria (L.) Scop
Common names: Garlic mustard, hedge-garlic, jack-by-the-hedge
A very distinctive annual herb with the smell of garlic when leaves are clushed; leaves ovate dentate leaves, lower cordate with long petioles, upper successively shorter petioled, glabrous; flowers white , 5-7 mm across, in long racemes; pedicels 5-7 mm; petals 6-8 mm long; siliqua 50-70 mm long, linear-cylindrical.
Common in Dachhigam Sanctuary, Kashmir

Yes. grows all over north america ,…. USDA site lists it as a noxious weed, we enjoyed chewing on the seed pods on some of our know the local weeds walks way back when… garlicky taste is rather strong in the leaves than in the seed pods… they are crunchy and interesting… the leaves can be added to salad for zing and smell..

Nice set of photographs. What is the typical flowering season for this plant..

April May … I could catch it only this year, earlier I would find only dried fruiting specimens in June onwards.


Alliaria petiolata:
Bot. name: Alliaria petiolata
Location: Paddar Valley J&K
Altitude: 2000 meters

yes …


Brassicaceae Week:: Alliaria petiolata from Paddar Valley J&K:
Bot. name: Alliaria petiolata
Location: Paddar Valley J&K
Altitude: 2000 meters

Yes …


Crucufer for ID ATJUNE2016/39 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)

Kindly identify this crucufer
March 2016

Nearly 2 feet tall with slender stem.

I hope Alliaria petiolata
Leaves will have smell of garlic.

Thank you, Sir.  I’ll also check for garlic-like smell of leaves, when ever I visit the site again.

Found it in FLORA SIMLENSIS also. It is mentioned as Sisymbrium alliaria which I overlooked.

SK785 09 OCT-2017:ID : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)
Location :  Tatopani, Pokhara, Nepal 

Date : 8 April  2017
Altitude : 5000 ft.

Pl. check comparative images at family page at Brassicaceae.    

Alliaria petiolata (M.Bieb.) Cavara & Grande  ??

Yes, to me also appear close to images at Alliaria petiolata (M.Bieb.) Cavara & Grande



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