Species: Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium)

Family: Umbellifers (APIACEAE or UMBELLIFERAE)

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: NW

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Umbellifers (APIACEAE or UMBELLIFERAE)

These are mostly aromatic herbaceous plants with alternate feather-divided leaves that are sheathed at the base. The family contains both useful edible members and intensely poisonous ones, so correct identification before harvesting is vital.

C. Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium)

You can't keep a good hogweed down, and this tough native is beginning to dominate areas of the cemetery. Our native hogweed begins flowering when about 2 metres high, in April, and should not be confused with the Giant Hogweed, an introduced relative that reaches 4 metres in height before flowering.

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Hogweed

The Hogweed is a tough native that is beginning to dominate areas of the cemetery.

Hogweed

Our native hogweed begins flowering when about 2 metres high, in April, and should not be confused with the Giant Hogweed, an introduced relative that reaches 4 metres in height before flowering.