Ground-elder

Aegopodium podagraria

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About

Ground-elder was most probably introduced into the UK from continental Europe as a medicinal herb many years ago; it soon became established as a pernicious weed of gardens and cultivated ground. Compact umbels (umbrella-like clusters) of white flowers appear between June and August and are attractive to a range of insects.

How to identify

Ground-elder leaves has three-lobed like a pointed clover-leaf at the base of its stems and rounded clusters of small white flowers.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August

How can people help

Many of our so-called 'weeds' are beneficial to wildlife, providing food for nectar-loving insects and shelter for minibeasts. Try leaving wilder areas in your garden, such as patches of Ground-elder under a hedge, Red Clover in your lawn and Stinging Nettles near the compost heap, and see who comes to visit... To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Ground-elder
Latin name
Aegopodium podagraria
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Height: up to 1m
Conservation status
Common, possibly introduced.