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Ground Elder

Aegopodium podagraria

Also known as

Bishop's Weed, Gout Weed, Herb Gerard, Gout Wort, Ashweed, Bishop's Goutweed, Goutweed, Pigweed

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Half-hardy

H7-H3

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

90cm

30cm

Min

60cm

1 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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.

Common problems with Ground Elder

Leaf Blight.

    How to harvest Ground Elder

    Not usually harvested.

    How to propagate Ground Elder

    Rhizomes

    Seed

    Scatter seed onto moist soil or compost.

    Division

    Divide rhizomes in spring or autumn.

    Special features of Ground Elder

    Ground cover

    Attracts bees

    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.

    Medicinal

    The herb was used by the Romans to treat gout and similar illnesses.

    Edible

    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.