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Jack-by-the-hedge Line breaks: Jack-by-the-hedge

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Definition of Jack-by-the-hedge in English:


A white-flowered European plant of the cabbage family, which grows typically in hedgerows and has leaves that smell of garlic when crushed. Also called hedge garlic.
  • Alliaria petiolata, family Cruciferae
Example sentences
  • Garlic Mustard, sometimes known as Jack-by-the-Hedge, is a common perennial. It is often found in hedgerows and likes damp woodland.
  • Jack-by-the-Hedge is easily spotted because it grows in large groups, producing a bed of bright white flowers. The leaves vary in shape - many are kidney-shaped or heart-shaped.
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