Aegopodium podagraria L.


Bishop’s goutweed is a creeping perennial that can grow to 3 ft. (1 m) tall. The compound leaves are alternate and have sheathing bases. The leaves at the top of the stem are smaller and have fewer leaflets. The leaflets are dentate and 1-3 in. (2.5-7.6 cm) long. Blooming occurs in June, when a flat, 2 -4 in. (5-10 cm) wide cluster of small, white flowers develops. Bishop’s goutweed flourishes in moist, shaded areas such as forest edges and disturbed forests. It is native to Europe and northern Asia and was introduced to North America as an ornamental.


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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Aegopodium
Subject: Aegopodium podagraria L.

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
goutweed, bishop's weed, ground elder


Plants - Forbs/Herbs