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ground elder

ground elder

A food source imported into England by the Romans that got out of control. Also called Bishop’s weed, has white flower clusters like poison hemlock, but leaves are very different, more like an Elder (but unrelated). Small white 5-petal flowers. Very invasive nuisance plant that takes over other plants, even a tiny piece of root left in ground grows new plants, making this is a limitless food source. All aboveground parts are edible (not roots) Young leaves used as salad greens. Pinch off pre-flowering bugs to keep leaves more nutritious. Plant is diuretic and laxative. Used medicinally for gout, arthritis, rheumatism, bladder disorders. Has triangular stem (no toxic lookalike does)
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Even the much-loathed ground elder started its British life as a popular plant: it was brought here by the Romans because of its ability to alleviate the symptoms of gout.
Ground elder is another invasive nuisance, its underground rhizomes taking hold and often smothering those of neighbouring plants.
I've joked about it lots in the past but in 2011 I'm going to found the Ground Elder Appreciation Society.
GROUND ELDER can grow up to 5ft a year, so dig out those stems to deny them reproduction.
4Persistent weeds such as bindweed and ground elder can be spot-treated with a selective weedkiller.
Persistent weeds like bindweed and ground elder are never added to compost heaps unless hot enough to destroy them.
3 If ground elder or other tough weed has invaded an area, consider covering the whole area with old carpet or thick black polythene to stop the light and thereby eventually eliminate the weed.
If they are neglected and dominated by tough, perennial weeds such as ground elder, you may be facing a losing battle.
ERIC ROBSON, CHAIRMAN: "I've joked about it lots in the past but in 2011 I'm going to found the Ground Elder Appreciation Society.
Ominous bindweed stems are appearing where I thought I'd got rid of it last year, and ground elder is appearing feet away from where it was.
While bindweed snakes its way through borders and up hedges, ground elder is emerging from under my neighbour's fence and couch grass is appearing amid perennials and shrubs.
The theory is plants with runners such as strawberries and those with creeping stems such as bulrush, above, and ground elder can inform the rest of the plant about their status.