There are 7 species of
herbaceous perennials in
this genus in the carrot family of plants. They
are native to parts of
Europe and Western Asia.
The name is Greek for the words for "goat" and "foot" which the
leaves resemble. The plant was also once thought
to cure the gout.
Although the variegated form called Snow in the
Mountain is still commonly sold as a
groundcover, it should be kept in mind that this
can be a very invasive plant. The totally green
species form is even more aggressive and will
spread rapidly through an area. Keep that in
mind before you plant any Aegopodium or
you may live to regret your decision for years