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Heracleum maximum [= Heracleum lanatum]

Cow-parsnip, American Hogweed

Scientific Name:

Heracleum maximum [= Heracleum lanatum]

Genus:

Heracleum

Species Epithet:

maximum

Common Name:

Cow-parsnip, American Hogweed

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Apiaceae (Carrot Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Forests, roadbanks, meadows, forest openings (Weakley 2015). Uncommon in NC mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Plant

image

Tom Harville
Jun 09

Bloom Close up

image

Tom Harville

In the Jewel Weed

image

Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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