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Peltaria alliacea - Jacq.

Common Name Garlic Cress
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Hills and woods[45].
Range E. Europe.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Peltaria alliacea Garlic Cress

Peltaria alliacea Garlic Cress


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Physical Characteristics

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Peltaria alliacea is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower in June, and the seeds ripen in August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.



Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Ground Cover;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[105]. A strong flavour, somewhat like a cross between garlic and mustard, the leaves make a reasonable flavouring for salads[K]. The leaves are available for most of the year, even in a severe winter they remain green and lush[K]. At this time they add an especially welcome spiciness to salads[K]. They can become rather bitter in the summer, though, especially if the plants are in a dry sunny position[K]. When flowering in early summer, the plants lose their leaves for a month or two - cutting down the flowering stems at this time will induce new fresh green growth[K]. Flowers - raw. A similar flavour to the leaves, with very little bitterness, they make a very tasty addition to summer salads[K].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

The plants can be used as a ground cover, somewhat slow spreading but they are effective in excluding weeds[K].

Cultivation details

Prefers a light fertile moist soil in sun or light shade[200], though it is not too fussy[K]. A very easily grown plant that tolerates considerable neglect, it produces its best crop of leaves from autumn to spring and is a potentially valuable winter salad plant[K]. The bruised leaves give off a powerful garlic smell which is difficult to remove from the hands[245].


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Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame[200]. The seed germinates rapidly, prick the seedlings out into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer[K]. Division in spring or autumn. Very easy, it can be done at almost any time of the year so long as the soil is kept moist. Divisions in the winter should be potted up in a greenhouse to allow themselves to establish, they can then be planted out in late spring.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Readers comment

Pat Inman   Wed May 2 2007

I found Peltaria alliacea quite fast spreading in full sun, well-drained soil , it has very attractive white flowers, good enough for the flower border but has to be kept in check!

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