bishops goutweed

Apiales > Apiaceae > Aegopodium podagraria L.

Bishops 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. Bishops 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.

Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources

  • Weeds of the Week - USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area, Forest Health Protection

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Invasive Reference(s):

Check for most current lists.
  • Connecticut - Noxious Weed Law
  • Massachusetts - Noxious Weed Law
  • Rhode Island - Noxious Weed Law
  • Mid-Atlantic - EPPC List
  • Invasive Plants: Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species
  • Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest
  • Invasive Plant Atlas of New England

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