The Q&A Archives: Looking For Bishops Weed

Question: In the house I grew up in we had a perennial throughout our beds that my father always called "Bishop's Weed." It seemed to do ok in both shade and sun and was essentially a ground cover which grew perhaps 8 inches high with light green leaves verigated with some white or cream. As I recall it grew extremely quickly. I would like to introduce this plant into my own yard, however, I can't seem to find it. My best guess is that it traditionally goes by a different name. I don't know what the name would be, but even so I've never seen any for sale anywhere. Any ideas about what other name the plant might go by and where I could find it?

Answer: Burpee doesn't carry aegopodium, but Carroll Gardens
carries the common variegated form (call 800-876-7336 for
a catalog). Midwest Groundcovers (ph# 708-742-1790)
offers another variety (Aegopodium podagraria).

I would however caution you strongly against planting this very pretty but incredibly invasive plant. Once introduced it can be nearly impossible to eradicate from the garden and can make it extremely difficult to grow other, more desirable, plants.

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