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Can anyone tell me what this plant is that's growing rampant in one area of my garden. Also is it ok to use in the compost.

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Has the look of Petasites, aka Butterbur. Leaves may be composted but not the root or seed heads.

31 May, 2017


It looks like Jack by the hedge/garlic mustard to me. It produces small white floers and the root fattens up. at this seedling stage yes you can compost it but if the main root gets thicker than a pencil then just compost the leaves. Don't compost the flowers or seed heads.

welcome to GoY too.

31 May, 2017


Alliaria petiolata is the botanical name for the plant mentioned. google images and see if it matches.

31 May, 2017


Yes, I agree with Alliaria petiolata. You can check by crushing a leaf - it has a strong garlicky smell.

31 May, 2017


Thank you all. Amazing! I have just crushed a leaf and it does smell garlicky.

1 Jun, 2017


As you have a lot you might like to know it is edible. If you google garlic mustard uses you'll find lots of interesting info. (I've never tried eating myself though!)

1 Jun, 2017

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