In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Aegopodium plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.
Common names for the Hardy perennial Aegopodium plant include Bishops weed, Cow Parsley, Ground elder, and Goutweed.
These plants typically flower in June.
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Aegopodium are low growing rhizomatous plants, unfortunately that often become weeds.
Bishop's Weed has white flower that grow on stalks. Although they are usually weeds, they can make a useful plant for wild ground coverage, in areas where they are native. Plants are very invasive in areas where they are not native.
The Aegopodium podagraria is a perennial plant, growing up to 24 inches (60 cm) in height. It is characterized by its creeping rhizomes, serrated leaves, and small, white, umbrella-like flowers. It's known as Ground Elder.
Aegopodium podagraria Photograph by Colorline. CC
Ground Elder is often cultivated in gardens as ground cover, although you need to be aware that it can be quite invasive. It thrives in a location with full sun to part shade, and prefers moist, well-drained soils. Due to its fast growth, it is usually used in areas where rapid coverage is needed.
Aegopodium handelii is a perennial plant. It typically grows up to 24 inches (60 cm). This plant features green, lobed leaves, and clusters of white flowers.
Aegopodium handelii prefers a full sun to partial shade location, and requires a well-drained soil. Despite not being a typical garden choice, it can be used as ground cover in challenging growing conditions, where other plants may struggle.
Aegopodium alpestre is a perennial that reaches up to about 18 inches (45 cm) in height. It features lobed, green leaves, and clusters of white, umbrella-like flowers.
Like other Aegopodium species, it can serve as ground cover in garden areas that have full sun to partial shade. It requires well-drained soil and is usually only used in areas where other plants struggle to grow.
It is best to buy Bishop's weed and similar Aegopodium plants from a Garden Center or from plants propagated by division.
They should be planted with a spacing of 20 to 30 cm (8 to 12 inches), in spring or in the autumn. Plant in an area that can be controlled.
Aegopodium prefers partly shady conditions, but can be grown in full sunlight as long as kept moist.
The soil type does not matter, as the plants can tolerate, dry, wet and poor soils.
Aegopodium are very easy pants to look after, requiring little attention, in fact it is moe tahb possible that they may take over the garden.
To prevent this, remove flowers from the plant before they have chance to set seed. As they produce extensive roots, it is best to grow in containers, or a sealed off area.
The Aegopodium genus consists of twelve species, depending on classifiications. The main one being Aegopodium podagraria, which is commonly known as the Ground elder or Bishop's weed.
Aegopodium can be a good ground cover in difficult areas due to its strong growth, But, it can be very invasive and easily get out of control.
There is only one species: Aegopodium podagraria (Ground Elder). This should not be grown by gardeners in most parts of the USA.
Aegopodium podagraria flowers have a slight, herby fragrance.
Aegopodium thrives in a variety of light conditions and soil types, but can become invasive, so choose location carefully.
Yes, Aegopodium is considered invasive in many parts of the USA, including the Northeast, the Midwest, and the Pacific Northwest.
Removal involves persistent digging and removing of the extensive root system. Herbicides may be required.
The Aegopodium genus consists of perennial plants with attractive foliage and small white flowers. Native to Europe and western Asia, Aegopodium plants are used as ground cover where native, but should not really be grown elsewhere as they are difficult to control and have an invasive nature.
They are adaptable and can thrive in different soil types. Aegopodium plants prefer partial shade but can grow in full sun. Regular watering is necessary. Due to their spreading nature, they require monitoring to prevent invasiveness. Aegopodium is popular for shaded areas, adding a lush green carpet-like appearance.
Aegopodium's dense growth makes it excellent for suppressing non-native weeds and adding visual interest. Its foliage creates a lush cover that fills in bare spots, making it valuable in garden designs. The small white flowers add delicate charm. Whether as ground cover or border plants, Aegopodium transforms areas into vibrant and visually appealing spaces.
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