Plant Care Bishop's Goutweed

Bishop's Goutweed

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Bishop's Goutweed has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Bishop's Goutweed has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

About Bishop's Goutweed

Goutweed is an aggressive plant that forms dense patches by means of its spreading long, white, and branching rhizomes. It has been reported as invasive in natural areas of Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Management options include spraying with herbicides, manually digging or hand-pulling of the plants, and continuously mowing the growth.


Aegopodium podagraria

Also known as

Ground elder, Herb gerard, Bishop's weed, Goutweed, Gout wort, Snow-in-the-mountain, English masterwort and Wild masterwort

How to care for Bishop's Goutweed


How often to water your Bishop's Goutweed

Water needs for Bishop's Goutweed
0.5 cups
every 9

Bishop's Goutweed needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Bishop's Goutweed

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Bishop's Goutweed in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bishop's Goutweed: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Bishop's Goutweed may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Bishop's Goutweed

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bishop's Goutweed: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Bishop's Goutweed after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Bishop's Goutweed can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Bishop's Goutweed

Bishop's Goutweed

Bishop's Goutweed

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Bishop's Goutweed has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Bishop's Goutweed has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Bishop's Goutweed has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Bishop's Goutweed has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Bishop's Goutweed has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Brandylvsplants avatar
leaf-1 93 Plants
xp 6,167 XP

I wish this app had a way to indicate that this plant is actually growing outside not in a pot. I realize this is a houseplant app, so it is not surprising. This plant grows everywhere without any assistance. Good luck not having it grow everywhere! It is beautiful and I do intend to bring a little piece inside and see how contained growing suits it.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Mossycabbages avatar
leaf-1 74 Plants
xp 3,172 XP

I dug this plant up from my backyard and stuck it in soil as a baby with one set of leaves. Since then it has produced two more sets of leaves with beautiful variegation. I keep it about 6 inches from grow lights and have a layer of spagnum moss covering the top of the soil and it thrives

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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