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Ground Elder

Ground elder is a pernicious weed but has an interesting history. Ground elder can be eliminated by digging, or by covering the ground with black polythene to starve the weed of light. It may take several seasons until the ground elder is completely destroyed. Ground elder “Aegopodium podagraria” is a perennial plant within the carrot family (Apiaceae) that grows mostly in shady places. The name “ground elder” comes from the so-called similarity of its leaves and flowers to those of the elder plant Sambucus though the two are unrelated. It has various common names such as: herb Gerard, bishop’s weed, goutweed or gout wort, and snow-in-the-mountain. It is sometimes referred to by the names English masterwort and wild masterwort. The species itself is native to Eurasia and was introduced around the world as an ornamental plant much to gardener’s chagrin where it can pose an ecological threat as an invasive …

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