Aegopodium p. 'Variegatum' Description
Aegopodium 'Variegatum' or Bishop's weed is regarded as one of the fastest growing drought proof ground covers on the market today, providing a quick fill in either sun or shade spot in the garden. This is a great plant for covering the ground fast with very beautiful foliage. Deer & drought proof, it will smother weeds!
Beautiful in drifts, it should be surrounded by paving on all sides where it looks pretty, refreshing and under control. The paving must be solid, or goutweed will run along the cracks. It is also very beautiful surrounded by a gravel driveway. Below-ground edging barriers may be used to prevent its spread onto the lawn. With the extreme vigor of aegopodium you will want to select an isolated site where the rootstock can be kept in check.
Pale green, carrot-scented leaves are attractively edged with ivory reaching 9" tall. By summer, white flowers resemble Queen Anne's lace bringing the height up to 14" tall.
Great companion for hardy ferns, Hydrangeas, Heuchera, & Hostas, Bishop's weed is very adaptable and grows in anything from sandy loam to heavy clay; from full sun to dense shade, and tolerates compact soil and infertility.
Special Features: Cold hardy, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Fast growing, Foliage interest, Heat tolerant, Moisture tolerant, Pest resistant, Variegated
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- Botanical name:
Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum'
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- Sun exposure:
Sun, Part shade, Shade
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- Soil type:
Clay, Normal, Sandy
- Soil moisture:
Dry average, Moist
- Height x width:
6-14" X 18"
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- Foliage color:
- Bloom season:
Container gardening, Edging, Erosion control, Ground cover, Massing, Naturalizing, Waterside, Woodland
- Cannot ship to:
CT, MA, ME, VT, WI
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Soil: Clay, Normal, Shade.
Light: Shade, Part Shade, Sun.
Water: Dry, Average, Moist.
Spacing: 12- 18 inches apart.
Fertilizing: Apply a slow release fertilizer such as Osmocote in spring.
Winterizing: No specific care needed.
Maintenance & pruning: Remove old foliage in spring. Divide in either spring or fall. Very vigorous growing, can be mowed to control, or use weedkiller
ReviewsWrite a reviewGreat Shade Ground CoverJane Rafferty | Jan 10, 2021LOVE this ground cover! Fills in large shaded area between my house and brick border wall. No maintenance. Don't step on it! Repeated walking on plant will cause plant not to grow. (Learned this when watering flower boxes).
Highly Invasive do not buyBenjamin Orcutt | May 16, 2018Do not plant this, it will go everywhere and it does not belong in the USA, considered invasive in all states, not sure why this company can sell it in the US. Once you have it you will never get rid of it, and your neighbors will likely end up with it too!Owner Response: Thank you for this comment, Benjamin. It should be surrounded by paving on all sides where it looks pretty, refreshing and under control. The paving must be solid, or goutweed will run along the cracks. It is also very beautiful surrounded by a gravel driveway. Below-ground edging barriers may be used to prevent its spread onto the lawn. With the extreme vigor of Aegopodium you will want to select an isolated site where the rootstock can be kept in check. There are only a handful of states that restrict the sale of this plant, we post the states in every plants Quick Facts.