Bishop's Weed, Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Bishop's Weed, Goutweed
Aegopodium podagraria

Bishop's Weed; leaves of the cultivar 'Variegatum'
Bishop's Weed; leaves of the cultivar 'Variegatum'
White flowers in late spring and early summer, only moderately showy. 
Sun or shade; prefers moist, well drained soils but will tolerate dryness.  
  • 'Variegatum'-green leaves with white edges. It grows slightly less aggressively than the species.
Mature Height
6-12 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 9 
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
May - June
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Shade
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Foliage may become tattered or schorched by midsummer. Mow the foliage down and water the plants for quick regrowth.
Additional Notes
Bishop's weed self seeds readily and can become weedy. This plant also colonizes through underground growth and can spread rapidly.


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