Variegated Bishop's Weed
Variegated Bishop's Weed
Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum'Item #1837 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
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Quickly forms a low, dense mass of green leaves edged in white giving a luminous effect in the shade. Spreads by underground roots and should be contained to control the spread. An easy to grow and attractive groundcover. Herbaceous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Vigorous grower to 10 in. high, spreading to 12 in.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ee-guh-POH-dee-um pod-uh-GRAR-ee-uhDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousSunset climate zones:1 - 9, 12, 14 - 24, 30 - 45Growth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Vigorous grower to 10 in. high, spreading to 12 in.Foliage color:VariegatedBlooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.Flower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleCottageDesign IdeasUse to carpet open areas beneath tree groves in speckled green. Fills in nicely between shade loving shrubs in naturalistic plantings or foundation beds. Perfect for woodland wild gardens. Problem solver beneath shade structures and in the shadow of multistory buildings.Companion PlantsIn the shade garden, combine this groundcover with Valley Valentine Pieris, (Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine'), Constellation Dogwood, (Cornus x 'Rutcan'), Catlin's Giant Carpet Ajuga, (Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant') and Purple Dragon Lamium, (Lamium maculatum 'Purple Dragon').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Control weeds until the plants have filled in. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer.Light Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:A common weed of the British hedgerows where it is native. Natural range also spans much of Europe eastward into Asia and Siberia. Plants are found in damp shady areas in conjunction with seeps and natural wetlands. Tends to be more prevalent in disturbed ground such as livestock pastures and farmer's fields.Lore:The young leaves prior to flowering was a common food crop in the Middle Ages and used in times of famine both raw or cooked. It has also been a cure for gout or rheumatism which has long since fallen out of favor in the herbal pharmacopoeia.