Bishop's Weed (Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum')

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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
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
Bees

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Location: Northwest N.J.Date: 2010-03-07
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Date: 2012-07-05
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Location: Cedarhome, Washington
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Location: Terrace garden left side.Date: 2006-0721Growing wild.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-06-09
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Location: Woodbridge , VaDate: 2016-09-17a member of the parsley/carrot family Bishop's Weed (Aegopodium p
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Location: VirginiaDate: 2017-05-25
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Date: 2012-07-05
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Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6aDate: 2013-06-15
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Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6aDate: 2013-06-15
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 6-9-15
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-04-13
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Location: Beautiful Tennessee, my gardenDate: 2018-05-20
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Date: 2012-07-05
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Date: 2012-08-06
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-06-16
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Date: 2013-10-07
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Location: Beautiful Tennessee Date: April 11, 2014
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-06-09
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-06-15
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 6-9-15
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Location: TwispDate: 2016-05-26Really brightens up the bank.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-08-07
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Location: CanadaDate: 2017-06-22
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Location: Sangamon Co. Il.Date: 2018-05-20
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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jun 17, 2013 3:25 PM

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.

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Posted by Janetta62 on Jul 1, 2017 5:40 AM

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...

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Nov 10, 2012 3:13 PM

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.

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Posted by Natalie (North Central Idaho - Zone 7a) on Sep 25, 2013 4:09 PM

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.

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Posted by pirl (Southold, Long Island, NY - Zone 7a) on Nov 26, 2013 7:06 PM

Aegopodium was very invasive here and I was thrilled to eliminate it.

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Posted by NJBob (Vernon N.J. - Zone 6a) on Nov 26, 2011 3:24 PM

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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Discussion Threads about this plant
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is this a weed by yucks May 13, 2020 12:14 PM 7
Identification help by MfromQc Apr 28, 2020 9:35 PM 1
Found this in my yard by kulkat May 26, 2019 3:32 PM 1
What is this lovely flower?? by agmc236 Jun 29, 2017 9:03 PM 3
Chicagoland Annual garden swap 2017 by oerickson Aug 25, 2017 10:41 AM 303
Aegopodium podagraria L. ' Variegatum' (goutweed, bishops weed, snow-in-the-moun by UrbanWild Sep 6, 2016 8:57 AM 0
Hedge Roses Dying by SusanPing May 19, 2016 12:45 PM 17
Yardening in the Mid-Atlantic by Eric4home Sep 27, 2020 8:08 AM 3,682
NW shade ground cover plants and also sun loving plants that need less water by aothompson Jul 1, 2017 9:02 AM 12
suggestions for a low water, low maintenance, part shade plants by ofm Apr 12, 2016 11:59 AM 8

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