Ground-elder - Aegopodium podagraria

    Description

    Vigorous medium to tall rhizomatous plant that is often patch forming. Toothed uppermost leaves are paired and have three toothed leaflets and short, inflated stalks. Flowers white 2 to 3 mm in umbels of 2 to 6 cm each umbel having 10 to 20 rays.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Cultivated land and gardens, shady places.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain except the west of Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Common (and sometimes invasive) in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 459 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alien (archaeophyte), frequent

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map