Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegatum’

(Snow on the Mountain, Bishop's Weed)


Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

This variegated goutweed is one of the most popular ground covers for quickly covering large areas. Will rapidly form a continuous mound of attractive foliage typically growing to 8″ tall with an indefinite spread. Unfortunately, once it gets going, it acts like the proverbial snowball going downhill and can be difficult to contain. ‘Variegatum’ is less aggressive than the species, however. Variegated, biternate to triternate basal foliage is light green with creamy white margins. Individual leaflets (to 3″ long) are oval and serrated. Tiny white flowers appear in flat-topped, dill-like inflorescences (umbels) which are typical of the parsley/carrot family. Flowers appear above the foliage in May-June, but are not particularly attractive and are often sheared off by gardeners where practicable.

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Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in sun or shade. Foliage will often scorch in hot, dry, full sun conditions. Tolerant of a wide range of soils. Flower heads may be removed to prevent self-seeding and to maintain appearance of the ground cover. Any unvariegated shoots which appear should also be removed as they tend to be more vigorous and can quickly take over a planting. If foliage declines in summer, plantings may be sheared by mowing on a high setting to remove the unsightly leaves and to stimulate new foliage growth. Spreads by underground stems (rhizomes) and can be quite aggressive. If not grown in self-contained areas, mechanical barriers may need to be installed to prevent unwanted spread of plants.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Snow on the Mountain, Bishop's Weed

Botanical Name

Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum'


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


6" to 1ft


1to 2 ft

Soil Condition

Dry Soils

Water Needs


Blooming Period

May – June

Flower Color




Foliage Color

Variegated green and white

Deer Resistant


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