My neighbor offered to give me some of this and I thought it was Queen Anne's Lace, but when I got up close, those leaves in front are on the same plant. Does Queen Anne's Lace have leaves like this? She wants to give it to me because it has grown so much it's choking out her flowers, so I'm not so sure I want it choking my flowers too...
If those leaves belong to the same plant as the flowers then it's not Queen Anne's Lace. I'm not sure what it is, but whatever it is I really don't think you want it, there's no reason for it to behave different in your yard than it's behaving in hers.
I just bought some of this. I was warned it was invasive! I'm going to plant it in an area around my pond that not much grows in so if it took over, that would be fine with me!
I also love queen's ann lace and would love to have some! It grows wild in OR and I tried digging some up and transplanting it, but I guess it didn't like that at all cuz it never took.
Anyway, the one your neighbor has is called Bishop's Weed, Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum.'
It blooms in early summer. I believe queen ann's lace blooms longer or later than this bishop's weed. I still think it's pretty, but I still want some queen ann's lace. Maybe I'll break down next summer and order seeds online.
Phew! I feel like I narrowly averted disaster! I didn't know about the Plant ID area either, so thank you for that, and I looked this up in Plant Files and think I will tell my neighbor to keep it on her side of the divide! I would love to have some but can't think of any area I could sacrifice, since I'm watching it grow like mad at two neighbors' houses. Thanks again!
I am gonna barge right in here and give Gwendalou a little advice about wildflowers.
Natives are easy from seed, usually. Collect the seed when ripe, take a good look at where it is growing. Look up and see how much sun it gets, take a look at the soil and see what it is growing in. Take those seeds home, toss them in an area that is equal too where you found them. Trying to grow wild plants in a place that you want them to grow may be impractical, best to grow them where they want to grow.
Coreopsis tinctoria, loves the south, grows everywhere>
Yes, I do think it's pretty, and I realized I have a 2-foot "island" between my driveway and my house that will be perfect to let the bishop's weed fill in. I've never planted there because it's not very good soil, so I figure I'll throw some compost on it and see if the weed can make it in an otherwise dead space of my yard. Seems like it'll be pretty well contained by the driveway.
It's extremely invasive. I used it years ago (decades ago) in an area landlocked by my blacktop driveway and the neighbor's garage. But I vaguely remember that it browns off and looks shabby toward towards the end of the summer (?). The botanical name is something like aegopodium. It might be okay for small accent areas well guarded by buildings and cement. Control it carefully.
(I've been looking into the various carrot family flowers because I saw some in our public garden--the gardener was explaining to me the differences and warned me about Queen Anne's Lace--a public nuisance plant, he said.)
the bishops gout is pretty nice but boy does it spread so fast i recieved some from my under my neighbors fence. I thought Im going to put some out in my bed boy was it a mistake. Now I have it contained in one area. The writter above is exactly right you can pound in edging very deep and so far its holding it back. You probably have to cut off the flowers before they go to seed and spread huh? I spent hours out there digging it up and do not want it back in that spot good luck. Ronna
Yes, I've been digging some of the Bishop's weed out of the edges of my neighbor's bed (she said take as much as you want, of course!), and it's totally a tangle of roots and runners under the surface. I've been digging up balls of roots and burying them in my patch of bad soil, so either they'll take or not, but either way I've been weeding my neighbor's garden for her! I also told her to cut off the flowers to avoid more so she did that.