West Highland Flora

Ground Elder


Aegopodium podagraria

 

Aegopodium podagraria

Photo Carl Farmer
25 June 2003 Armadale, Skye
Central (bright white) umbel c 7 cm across

A very common and pernicious garden weed, also in woods and on shady roadsides.  Thought to be non-native, but has been in Britain a long time.  Uncommon far from habitation.

Flower diameter c 1 mm.  Flower umbels c 2-6 cm across.

ID: Leaves divided into three leaflets, these again each divided into three on the larger leaves (see bottom left picture).  Flower umbels have no lower or upper bracts.

Other features: Plant covers large areas of ground where allowed, spreading by vigorous rhizomes.  Fruit egg-shaped, c 4 mm long.

 

Aegopodium podagraria

Photo Carl Farmer
25 June 2003 Armadale, Skye
Whole umbel c 6 cm across

  Aegopodium podagraria

Photo Carl Farmer
15 June 2003 Portree, Skye

Left:A "whole umbel", which is made up
of "partial umbels" like the one above

 

Aegopodium podagraria

Photo Carl Farmer
15 June 2003 Portree, Skye

 

This picture shows the ribbed stem and the
lack of lower bracts at the base of the
whole umbel.

 

Aegopodium podagraria

Photo Carl Farmer
2 Mar 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye

Above: Young leaves, doubly trefoil

Right: Side-shoot, with upper leaves
singly trefoil and small umbels in bud.
 

  Aegopodium podagraria

Photo Carl Farmer
15 June 2003 Portree, Skye

 

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