Writings and Witterings

Rampant! Bishops Weed AKA Ground Elder


Such pretty leaves, reminiscent of Angelica, but this plant is anything but angelic…it’s an  invasive weed called Ground Elder or Aegopodium podagraria L. Its flower shape is one of my favourites, umbreliform and beautiful.

Like many plants, this one enjoys lots of different names: the two in the heading, plus it’s known as gout weed and goat weed. But I don’t care how many names it has, I don’t have a place for it in my garden, it’s a thug. So I set to work.

Have you tackled this weed? Is it now all gone from your garden? Let me know, truly, I’m interested 😆

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Ground elder – roots hiding between and under buddliea and cornflower roots

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The buddliea you can see bottom left will have to be lifted to dig out all the ground elder roots

and my next task will be addressing…bindweed.


6 thoughts on “Rampant! Bishops Weed AKA Ground Elder

  1. It is at this point I am reminded of a little poem in my Dad’s garden.
    The kiss of the sun for a pardon,
    The song of the birds for mirth,
    You are nearer God’s heart in a garden,
    Than anywhere else on earth.

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  2. One of my godmother’s favourites – lovely to be reminded of it – thank you, Elaine.


  3. I adore a beautiful garden. Alas, I am no use there as I have two black thumbs. 😦

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    • Hope they’re not literally ‘black’ Léa! heh-heh 🙂 Lovely to hear from you, hope all is well x

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      • Only when I try to keep plants. I really have no outdoor space and any indoor plants suffer at the paws and teeth of madame Simone. She eats them. 🙂 We are stumbling along here and take each day as it comes. The sunshine and warmer weather help. . 🙂

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  4. I don’t do well with indoor plants, but love the garden. Glad the sun is helping, I think we all feel better when it’s shining 😀


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