Irish wildflowers


Photographs: Macroom, Co.Cork


Ground Elder / Goutweed / Bishop's Weed
Aegopodium podagria
Lus an easpaig
Family: Apiaceae

Flowering time: May-July. Perennial. Introduced.

Terminal umbels of white flowers. No bracts or bracteoles.
Hollow erect flower stems. Small ovoid fruit, long downward-hanging styles.
Many basal leaves, leaflets broad-lancelate, toothed, pointed. Hairless.
Spreads very rapidly by subterranean rhizomes. Height: 40-70cm

Moist nitrogenous soils. Waste ground, gardens, woods, river banks, road verges. Widespread, persistent, very invasive.
     


    
Photographs above: Macroom, Co.Cork.

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