Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Bishop's Goutweed - Aegopodium podagraria   L.Only member of Aegopodium in NC.
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DistributionMostly in the Mountains; also Forsyth County in the Piedmont. First collected in 1911 as an escape to a yard in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County.

Native of Europe; in N.A. across southern Canada south to GA, MO, ID, OR.
AbundanceRare. Most records are of escapes from nearby plantings.
HabitatYard weed, roadsides, edge of parking lot, Huckleberry Art Camp (Henderson Co.).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-September.
IdentificationGoutweed typically grows 1.5-2.5 feet tall. The leaves are divided into 3 leaflets, each of them divided into 3 ovate, toothed segments. The great majority of NC plants have leaves variegated with white. The inflorescences are compound umbels with tiny white flowers. The native Ligusticum canadense could be confused with non-variegated individuals, but its leaves are 3-4 compound and it inhabits mesic forested slopes.
Taxonomic CommentsWe include var. variegatum.

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