Ground elder (Aegopodium podagraria) is a fast-growing, invasive, perennial weed that can spread quickly to form a carpet of foliage that will crowd out less-vigorous plants in beds and borders.
Toothed, ovate and usually in groups of three, two lower ‘leaves’ can be seen to be splitting to appear as five leaves in some specimens. Light green, shiny and translucent when young becoming dark green with a matt finish.
Tiny white flowers on an umbel (umbrella shaped) that appear from May to June.
Beds, borders, new lawns, all soil types.
Tackling large infestations of ground elder in a well-planted bed can be difficult. To get rid of it completely requires time and patience.
In new lawns, ground elder will usually be starved by repeated mowing, and should not persist for long.
Traditionally it was used as a poultice to treat gout. Can also be used in cooking as a soup or eat the leaves softened in butter.