Aegopodium podagraria

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaApiaceaeAegopodiumAegopodium podagraria


A rhizomatous perennial herb found in a wide variety of disturbed habitats, especially hedgerows, road verges, churchyards, neglected gardens and waste ground. It typically occurs near habitation or in the vicinity of abandoned settlements, such as in woodlands. It reproduces by seed and by its aggressive rhizome system. 0-450 m (Nenthead, Cumberland).



World Distribution

A Eurosiberian Temperate species, certainly native in C. Europe but native limits obscured by its spread in cultivation and as a weed.

© P. Shannon

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 7


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.6

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.6

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1064

Life form information

Height (cm): 100

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Rhizome far-creeping

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2533

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 819

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 12

Atlas Change Index: -0.45

Weighted Changed Factor: -7

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.