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Goutweed or Bishop’s weed

Goutweed or Bishop’s weed

Goutweed or Bishop’s weed

(Aegopodium podagraria)

Priority: -  Contain

Tags: Terrestrial

Identification and Reproduction


  • Goutweed is a perennial in the Apiaceae, or carrot, family.
  • It has flat, umbrella-like clusters of small white flowers.
  • It has compound, toothed leaves in alternate arrangement.
  • Stems will grow up to one metre and leaves will form a dense canopy.


  • Goutweed prefers moist, shaded areas.
  • It spreads vegetatively by rhizomes.


Habitat & Ecology

  • Enjoys moist, shaded areas.
  • Spreads rhizomatically.
  • Apiaceae (carrot) family
  • perennial, can grow up to 1 metre
  • This plant can regrow from severed roots


  • It can impede the growth of native plants, including tree seedling germination.
  • Goutweed invades forests, pastures, and disturbed sites.


  • Mechanical removal may not work.
  • Chemical control on young leaves, because mature can be resistant.