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Ground Elder

Aegopodium podagraria

Bishop's Weed, Gout Weed, Herb Gerard, Gout Wort

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Ground Elder is a perennial weed that was originally grown as a medicinal plant by the Romans to treat illnesses such as gout but has since become a weed due to its invasive nature and its ability to smother young plants.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Not usually harvested.

Propagation

Seed
Scatter seed onto moist soil or compost.
Notes
Does not set seed very efficiently. The main cause for spreading is through the rhizomes.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Eurasia
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Full Shade
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Clay, Sand, Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
The herb was used by the Romans to treat gout and similar illnesses.
Edible
The young fresh shoots are edible in salads. Though it is advised that correct identification is made as there are very several similar looking toxic plants.

Personality

Family
Apiaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

Problems

Leaf Blight.

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