Also known as
Bishop's Weed, Gout Weed, Herb Gerard, Gout Wort, Ashweed, Bishop's Goutweed, Goutweed, Pigweed
1 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Ground Elder Overview
Ground Elder is a perennial weed that was originally grown as a medicinal plant by the Romans to treat illnesses such as gout but has since become a weed due to its invasive nature and its ability to smother young plants.
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How to harvest Ground Elder
Not usually harvested.
How to propagate Ground Elder
Scatter seed onto moist soil or compost.
Divide rhizomes in spring or autumn.
Special features of Ground Elder
Other uses of Ground Elder
This species is mostly grown for its attractive ivy-shaped leaves. Some people consider this plant as ideal ground cover, while others may consider it as a pernicious weed. A potentially good plant for edging paths because of its low spreading habit. For use in the cutting bed, as well as in traditional herbal medicine for digestive complaints.
The herb was used by the Romans to treat gout and similar illnesses.
The young fresh shoots are edible in salads. Though it is advised that correct identification is made as there are very several similar looking toxic plants.