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Giant Hogweed

Heracleum mantegazzianum

Plant Data

Order:
Apiales
Family:
Apiaceae (Carrot)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Enormous white umbel spreading to 1m wide.
Fruit:
Green, dry, oval to elliptical fruit, up to 1cm across. The fruit later turns brown.
Leaves:
Very large and deeply lobed with jagged teeth. The leaves are divided into 3 parts and can be as large as 1 metre across.
Maximum Size:
4 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
Very poisonous. Emits a burning sap. Touching this plant can give you third degree burns, scar or even blind you permanently if its sap comes into contact with your eyes.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Has a strong unpleasant resinous smell. Even smelling this plant is sometimes enough to induce allergenic reactions in the most sensitive of people.
Other Names:
Cartwheel Flower, Giant Cow Parsley, Giant Cow Parsnip, Hogsbane, Parsnip Tree, Wild Parsnip, Wild Rhubarb.
Habitats:
Ditches, riversides, roadsides, wasteland, waterside.