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Bishop's weed

Aegopodium spp.

Also known as

Goutweed, Ground elder

Aegopodium podagraria by Fabelfroh (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

10cm

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Bishop's weed Overview

Small genus of under 10 vigorous, rhizomatous, hardy, perennial species, most of which are invasive. Some are considered effective ground cover, but most are thought to be weeds. They are known colloquially as Ground elder, Bishop’s weed and goutweed and originate from Asia and Europe.

How to propagate Bishop's weed

Division

Divide rhizomes in spring or autumn.

Rhizomes

Other uses of Bishop's weed

Species in this genus are often considered to be invasive weeds, however, some are used as natural ground-cover for this reason.