How to Grow Aegopodium podagraria Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Goutweed / Ground Elder/ Variegated Bishops Weed

Variegated bishops weed
Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum' photograph by Funki Sock Munki.

Aegopodium podagraria Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Aegopodium podagraria
  • Common Name: Variegated bishops weed, Ground elder, Herb gerard, Bishop's weed, Goutweed, Gout wort, Snow-in-the-mountain, English masterwort, Wild masterwort.
  • Growing Zone: USA: 4 to 9
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Groundcover, Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 9 to 15
  • Plant Spread (Inches):
  • Time of Bloom: Early summer
  • Flower Details: White
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Prostrate, Spreading or horizontal

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Quick
  • Suitable Soil Types: Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: Division in spring or autumn
  • How to Prune: None required
  • Pests: Usually pest free
  • Diseases: Usually pest free

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Drought, Heavy Shade, Erosion
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Container, Foundation, Ground cover, Woodland garden
  • Family: Apiaceae
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: Attractive foliage, Non-native to North America, Invasive, Naturalizing, Wetlands plant
  • Genus Detail: Aegopodium
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

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