Bishop’s weed, gout weed

FAMILY: Apiaceae | GENUS: AEGOPODIUM podagraria

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
WATER
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

Native to Europe and western Asia, this vigorous ground cover has naturalized in much of the South. It spreads by creeping roots and is especially aggressive in rich soil. Confine it behind a concrete, stone, or metal barrier set 812 inches deep into the soil. Light green leaves, each with three leaflets, form a dense mass to 6 inches high; flat-topped clusters of white flowers rise above the foliage in summer. Mowing two or three times a year keeps the planting neat. Remove faded flowers promptly to prevent unwanted seedlings. Clumps of bishop's weed are easy to dig and divide, making it a popular passalong plant.

Variegatum

  • is the selection most often planted, with white-edged leaflets that create a luminous effect in shade.
  • Set plants 1 feet apart for quick cover, and pull up any plants that revert to solid green.

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