Aegopodium podagraria

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Goutweed, ground elder, masterwort

Aegopodium podagraria L.

  • ANPC Rank –
  • Moss, Flora of Alberta – No
  • Global Invasive Species Database – No
  • NatureServe Rank – Low
  • Haber, Upland – No
  • Haber, Wetland – No
  • CWF, Status & Invasive Range – Low, BC, SK, AB, MB, ON, QC, NF, NB, NS
  • Alberta Revegetation Guidelines – No
  • The Nature Conservancy – No
  • CBCN – Low
  • AB Weed – No


Ornamental, Occurs in BC , MB , NB , NF , NS , ON , PE , QC, ID, WA, CBCN includes AB. Widely planted in urban landscapes, spreads (vegetatively) aggressively into adjoining vegetation.

[1]Link to Wikipedia, Aegopodium podagraria - "...a perennial plant in the carrot family (Apiaceae) that grows in shady places. The name "ground elder" comes from the superficial similarity of its leaves and flowers to those of elder (Sambucus), which is unrelated. It is the type species of the genus Aegopodium. This species is native to Eurasia, and has been introduced around the world as an ornamental plant, where it occasionally poses an ecological threat as an invasive exotic plant..."

[2] Link to USDA Plants profile for Aegopodium podagraria L. bishop's goutweed

[3] Link to NatureServe, I-Rank information for Aegopodium podagraria - L. Bishop's Goutweed - "...can spread into closed-canopy forests, where it can form dense mats that exclude other vegetation and inhibit regeneration of tree species. Colonies can also be established by discarded rhizomes in yard waste. Management can be difficult, as colonies can regenerate from rhizome fragments, and only specific herbicides deployed at specific times have an impact..."

Aegopodium podagraria L. var. variegatum L.H. Bailey, An ornamental form with variegated leaves. -This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

Aegopodium podagraria L., Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 654. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society