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A European plant (Aegopodium podagraria) in the parsley family, widely naturalized in eastern North America, having small white flowers grouped in compound umbels. A variegated form is commonly grown as an edging or ground cover. Also called bishop's weed.

[From its earlier use as a cure for gout.]
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(ˈɡaʊtˌwiːd) or


(Plants) a widely naturalized Eurasian umbelliferous plant, Aegopodium podagraria, with white flowers and creeping underground stems. Also called: bishop's weed, ground elder or herb Gerard
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But when it gets there, it sees that there are many, many words present: not just "honeycomb" but "gullibly" and "goutweed" and others.
The larva feed on the foliage of dill, parsley, fennel, goutweed, angelica, sweet cicely and many other members of the umbels family.
blue spruce, there's a bit of goutweed. It'll take over the
Dried dandelion leaves, as well as mayweed, goutweed, Canada mayflower, and clammy everlasting, leave much to be desired.
We thought of daylilies as pioneer plants that came up every spring as stubbornly as bishop's goutweed and dandelions.
Common Name: Goutweed, Bishop's Weed, Ground Ash, Ground Elder