Bring the Outdoors Home

Bishop’s Weed | Plant Profile

Bishop’s Weed (Aegopodium podagraria) is an extremely fast growing and hardy ground cover. It is often used in shaded spots away from other small plants as it can easily become invasive.

Bishop’s Weed is a perennial which will quickly cover bare spots, especially under trees and on rocky hillsides. If not contained with a barrier it can strangle other small plants in the garden. The size can be maintained by using a lawn mower on the highest setting a few times per summer. This will also remove unattractive dead leaves. If it spreads to unwelcome areas, the shape bunch can be maintained by cutting back the plant at the roots.

Bishop’s Weed will require watering a couple times per week, especially in the summer.


Bishop's Weed Characteristics

Bishop's Weed is a "creeping" ground cover with serrated green leaves rimmed with white. The leaves grow to 3" long. Bishop's Weed also produces relatively unattractive white flowers that should be pruned. Cutting off the flowers prevents new growth within the cover, helping it to maintain a clean look.

Bishop's Weed grows easily in many types of soils and prefers full sun to partially shaded areas. This makes it a popular option beneath trees and larger shrubs. It does not attract deer.

Avoid planting near other small plants as it's aggressive growth may strangle other perennials and even grass. It is best contained in a manufactured border.


USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 9
.50 - 1.00'
1.00 - 1.50'
Bloom Time
May - June
Dry - Medium
Full Sun to Part Shade
Deer Resistant?