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Bishop's Goutweed Aegopodium podagraria


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Bishop's Goutweed
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Family: Apiaceae, Carrot view all from this family

Description Introduced. A Eurasian perennial with green-and-white leaves, usually divided in 3s, that is cultivated as a ground cover.
Flowers: delicate, flat-topped flower clusters similar to Queen Anne's Lace but less conspicuous; 2-3" (5-7.5 cm) wide; borne at the ends of 12-18" (30-45 cm) stems.
Leaves: usually divided into 3 leaflets, though sometimes leaflets remain fused together. Leaf edges white or cream, saw-toothed.
Height: foliage 6-12" (15-30 cm).

Habitat Garden plant, often escaped from cultivation.

Range Eurasia native; cultivated in North America and reported escaped and naturalized in many areas of the East, as well as Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming.

Discussion This garden ground cover spreads by rhizomes and seeds and easily creeps beyond its planted boundaries. It is considered a noxious or invasive weed in some areas.