General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 10-12 inches
Plant Spread: 23-35 inches
Leaves: Variegated
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Flies

Common names
  • Bishop's Weed
  • Snow on the Mountain
  • Goutweed
  • Bishop's Goutweed
  • Pot Ash
  • Variegated Ground Elder
  • White Ash
  • Dwarf Elder
  • Ground Elder
  • Ground Ash

Photo Gallery
Location: Northwest N.J.
Date: 2010-03-07
Location: Stillingfleet Lodge Garden, Yorkshire UK
Date: 2022-06-29
Location: Bois de Vincennes - Paris
Date: 2023-09-25
Location: Bois de Vincennes - Paris
Date: 2023-09-25

Date: 2012-07-05
Location: Terrace garden left side.
Date: 2006-0721
Growing wild.
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Location: Virginia
Date: 2017-05-25
Location: Washington
Date: 2016-04-13
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-06-09
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-14
Location: Beautiful Tennessee, my garden
Date: 2018-05-20
Location: Kalama, Wa.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Woodbridge , Va
Date: 2016-09-17
a member of the parsley/carrot family Bishop's Weed (Aegopodium p
Location: Swanton Vermont
Date: 2022
Location: Beautiful Tennessee 
Date: April 11, 2014

Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
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Location: Sunken Garden, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, United States
Date: 2021-08-22

credit: Jerzy Opioła
Location: central Illinois
Date: 6-9-15
Location: central Illinois
Date: 6-9-15

Date: 2012-07-05

Date: 2012-07-05
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6a
Date: 2013-06-15
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6a
Date: 2013-06-15
Photo by purpleinopp
Location: Kalama, Wa.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Twisp
Date: 2016-05-26
Really brightens up the bank.

Date: 2013-10-07
Location: Bide A Wee cottage garden, Northumberland UK
Date: 2018-06-02
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-06-16
Location: Canada
Date: 2017-06-22
Location: Botanical Garden of Copenhagen
Date: 2014-07-24
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-08-07
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-06-09
Location: Sangamon Co. Il.
Date: 2018-05-20
Location: Darwell Rolling Woods, Alberta
Date: 2015-08-05

Date: 2012-08-06

Date: 2012-08-06
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-06-15

Date: 2012-07-05
Location: Johnston Canyon, Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-01
Location: Kalama, Wa.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location:  Maligne Canyon, Jasper, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-05
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  • Posted by Janetta62 on Jul 1, 2017 5:40 AM concerning plant:
    My personal experience with this plant is 'Do NOT put it in your garden!' Very invasive and near impossible to get rid of. Spreads everywhere by roots and if you dig it up to remove from your landscape and miss one tiny speck of root, back it comes with a single minded determination. Two thumbs down scoring for me...
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jun 17, 2013 3:25 PM concerning plant:
    Introduced to England by Roman invaders as an edible salad ingredient and pot herb. The young leaves are translucent and shiny green. Tender and aromatic, they are excellent additions to salads as are young stems. When older, stems cooked with cheese
    Used as treatment for gout in Middle Ages and Renaissance. Saint Gerard's (1726-1755) gout was reportedly cured by the plant and is where one of its common names (Herb Gerard) originated.
    Naturalized in many areas of North America, including most of Canada and the eastern United States
    Can be invasive.
    Mine usually are grown in dry shade. Sometimes summer heat would take its toll, leaving leaves in dire straits, but mowing once seemed to revitalize it.
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Nov 10, 2012 3:13 PM concerning plant:
    Will grow nicely under trees where other plants struggle. I find it a nice brightener in a shady area. I don't have a problem with it being invasive, although it does fill in well. I cut the whole clump back to about 3" after blooming and it rejuvenates itself in about 3-4 weeks. I'm in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Posted by Natalie (North Central Idaho - Zone 7a) on Sep 25, 2013 4:09 PM concerning plant:
    I had this plant growing at my last house, and it was beautiful. It was grown in very large pots that were buried in the ground, to keep it contained, and it grew very well. Another neighbor had it, and it spread badly for him, but he said it was easy to dig up when it got out of control. I loved having it growing in large pots, where I didn't have to worry about it spreading. Every couple of years, I would thin the pots out a little in the spring, when the plant first started growing, and it would fill in right away. It went very well with my hostas that were planted in the same area.
  • Posted by pirl (Southold, Long Island, NY - Zone 7a) on Nov 26, 2013 7:06 PM concerning plant:
    Aegopodium was very invasive here and I was thrilled to eliminate it.
  • Posted by NJBob (Vernon N.J. - Zone 6b) on Nov 26, 2011 3:24 PM concerning plant:
    Very invasive.You have to work hard to keep it in its place, but it works well in a place where not much else will grow, such as a dry area by the roadside.

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