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Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium)


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The leaves of hogweed have now developed and the flower heads are starting to develop. Hogweed is a common species of the parsley family. Hogweed is a stout upright plant (60-180cm) with a ridged stem and deeply lobed crinkled leaves and many small clustered flat white flowers. It gained its name because in the past it was gathered for pig fodder. It contains a substance that can cause blistering. Picture taken 18th May 2006 at Old Warden, Bedfordshire

1st Jun 2006 by Diane Earl

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