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Bishop Plant, Aegopodium Podagraria 'Variegatum' Is A Fast-Growing Plant That Spreads Easily, And It Serves As An Excellent Ground Cover

The variegated bishop's weed, commonly known as the ground elder or scientifically as the Aegopodium podagraria, is a species of shade-thriving flowering plant in the carrot family Apiaceae. While several plant species share the same name, the Aegopodium podagraria is by far the most well-known. Some of its other common nicknames include the ground elder, goutweed, snow-in-the-mountain, English masterwort, and wild masterwort. Native to Europe and Asia, it thrived worldwide as an ornamental plant.

This plant distributes itself widely in the temperate zone of western Asia and the whole of mainland Europe, along with Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Tasmania, New Zealand, and Japan. Fast-growing, hardy, and low-maintenance, this herbaceous perennial is an excellent option to use as a shrubby, semi-wild ground cover.

This plant grows to a height of a hundred centimeters from underground rhizomes and does not grow much taller than that, and the stems are upright, hollow, and grooved, with its upper leaves ternate, broad, and toothed. As the plant flowers in spring and early summer, its flowering stalks shoot up much taller, producing numerous flowers group together in an umbrella-shaped flowerhead known as a compound umbel, which further divides into several secondary umbels known as umbellules.

Each umbellule has fifteen to twenty rays, each topped with a single, small, five-petalled white flower visited by various types of pollinating insects. While these flower umbels are not particularly ornamental, some people cut back the flowering stalks to prevent a look of untidiness on the ground cover. The bishop's weed readily self-seeds and spreads all by itself by underground rhizomes with little maintenance needed; its only limit is the amount of shade.

Bishop Plant-Aegopodium Podagraria 'Variegatum'  Appeared In Medieval Cuisine As An Ingredient For Soup, And Also As Medicine

Variegated bishop's weed appeared in the Middle Ages, and people used it in antiquity as a spring leaf vegetable and a pot herb for soup, as much as they used spinach. It also had a history as a medicinal herb to relieve gout and arthritis and was applied in hot wraps externally upon boiling both leaves and roots together. Still, as the eras passed, its use as a medicinal herb primarily declined.

This plant prefers damp and shady conditions and is exceptionally adaptable, handling various soil types as long as well-drained, urban pollution, and different moisture levels. While partial shade conditions are ideal for the plant, full shade and full sun will suffice as long as it receives sufficient moisture, and the bishop's plant can even survive winters as cold as fifteen degrees Celsius.

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