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Bishops Weed Plant (Aegopodium podagraria)
Bishop's weed (Trachyspermum ammi) is an annual herbaceous plant belonging to the Apiaceae family, including other well-known spices such as parsley, dill, and cumin. It typically grows up to 90 cm (3 feet) in height, and its stem is erect, branched, and slightly hairy.
The bishop's weed plant leaves are feathery and divided into small, narrow segments. They are usually green in color but can sometimes have a bluish tint. The plant has white or pink flowers arranged in umbels, umbrella-like clusters of individual flowers.
The fruit of the bishop's weed plant is a small, oval-shaped schizocarp, which means it splits into two parts when it is ripe. Each part contains a single seed, which is oblong, slightly curved, and grayish-brown in color. The seeds have a distinctive, spicy aroma and flavor.
Bishop's weed is often confused with another plant called water hemlock (Cicuta spp.), which is highly toxic and can be deadly if ingested. It is essential to differentiate between the two plants to avoid accidental poisoning. Examining their leaves and flowers is the easiest way to tell them apart. Bishop's weed has feathery leaves and small white or pink flowers, while water hemlock has more significant, more finely divided leaves and small white flowers arranged in clusters.
Bishop's weed plant, Aegopodium podagraria, is an excellent groundcover plant and herbaceous perennial known by many names.
Common Names of Aegopodium podagraria
This herb plant grows prolifically across the United States, but you might better recognize it by another nickname:
- Ground elder
- Gout wort
- Snow in the mountain
- English masterwort
- Wild masterwort
Bishop’s Weed Is a Versatile Ground Cover or a Climber
This creeping perennial is part of the carrot family. It grows a foot and a half to three feet tall and displays compound, toothed leaves. The margins of the leaves feature a pleasing creamy-colored edge that makes for lovely color contrast. The thin stalks are a glossy green.
The blossoms of bishop's weed are an ethereal white to a whisper of green. They bloom from the late spring into early summertime. The flowers are dainty and form in eye-catching umbrella-shaped clusters. Many bees and butterflies will visit your garden as they find the fragrant white flowers irresistible.
The two- to three-foot overall height makes the bishop's weed plant an excellent choice in the "middle row" of a border--with lower plants in the front and taller behind it, you will put on an elaborate show.
Aegopodium podagraria came to North America from the northern parts of Eurasia. You will see the best results if you grow it in shady to partially shaded areas. It does not prefer a full-sun location.
This plant has vigorous growth, making it useful as a ground cover plant in a shade garden. Bishop's weed plants' spread occurs through the root system. New off-shoots prosper in the darkness under the soil, and new plants emerge rapidly. It might work best in a container if you love the look of the plant but do not want it as a ground cover.
The solid and fast-growing roots of bishop's weed provide two unexpected benefits. First, the root growth disrupts the soil, helping the garden avoid soil compaction that otherwise depletes the earth of nutrition and water. Secondly, it covers bare patches quickly to help minimize erosion.
Bishop's Weed Plant is available online at TN Nursery Today
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