Recognise Aegopodium podagraria

5th March 2020

Aegopodium podagraria; photo, BEST in Horticulture Ltd

Recognise Aegopodium  podagraria

Ground elder is thought to have been brought to Britain by the Romans, who ate it in salads and prescribed it as a remedy for gout. Its flowers show you that it is in the same family as cow parsley and carrot, producing thousands of seeds, but this perennial weed spreads more commonly by its fleshy  underground rhizomes, creeping through borders and establishing itself in the heart of shrub and perennial plantings.

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