|Scientific name:||Aegopodium podagraria L.|
|English name:||Ground elder, Herb Gerard, Bishop's weed, Goutweed, Snow-in-the-mountain|
|Family:||Apiaceae/Umbelliferae, Carrot or Parsley family, Flockblommiga växter|
|Life form:||Perennial, creeping rhizome|
|Stems:||Height 30-100cm, erect, hollow stems, upper part branching, base often reddish|
|Leaves:||Alternate; narrowly elliptic–ovate, base oblique, with serrated margins; stem leaves 3-lobed|
|Flowers:||Inflorescence a flat-topped compound umbel, secondary umbels 10–20; all umbels lacking bracts. The umbels of white flowers bearing a passing resemblance to the flowers of an Elder tree, the origin of this plant's common name. Petals 5, notched, tip recurved; calyx absent; stamens 5; pistil of 2 fused carpels, styles 2|
|Habitat:||Damp soil and shady locations|
|Distribution:||Common to all types of cultivated land in the country, except in the mountain regions where it occurs more rarely|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Aegopodium, may come from Aix- or Aig-, goat, and "-podium", foot.
podagraria, pod-, foot (a reference to the underground rhizomes), to which the term -agraria, meaning 'of cultivated land', is appended.