How to Grow Bishop's Weed (Aegopodium Podagraria)

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Growing Bishop's weed, or aegopodium podagraria, requires planing the root or seed in partial shade and keeping the soil very moist. Plant Bishop's weed in cool climates to provide good ground cover with tips from a sustainable gardener in this free... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment, we're going to learn all about how to grow Bishop's weed. It's a wonderful perennial in the carrot family that's from Europe and Asia. Now Aegopodium Podagraria, or ground elder, or gout weed is found all the way from Asia through Europe, so it can handle a raw, wide range of temperatures and climates. So it's hearty from zones three to nine, so it can handle temperatures to minus twenty, minus thirty even, and it can handle climates where there's very little frost in the winter. Now there's five species of Aegopodium, and they're related to carrots, so they're native to Europe and Asia, and other...they do really well in cool temperate gardens and they make kind of a ground cover and they also call 'em Common Ground Elder. It resembles a lower growing version of parsnip and it has compound leaves with large toothed leaflets and rounded umbels of white flowers. And they call it Bishop's Weed or Grout Weed because they believed, as a medicinal reason, that it was used in herbal medicine against gout and it's young chutes can be used as a green vegetable, so they're very edible just like a carrot is. The best place to plant Bishop's Weed is in part shade. They don't like full, hot sun and make sure the stoil, the soil stays very moist. You can start 'em by root or by seed in the spring, and they'll do very well for that season and they're a beautiful ground cover for your garden.