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Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium)


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The flowers of hogweed just coming out. 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 1st June 2006 near Cardington, Bedfordshire

4th Jun 2006 by Diane Earl

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