Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanatum)
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Other common names: Common Cowparsnip
Family: Apiaceae (Parsley)
Height: 4 to 9 ft.
Blooms: June to August
Leaf Type: divided
Bloom Size: 0.5 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Flat or rounded clusters, Regular blooms, 5 parts
Location: Stavich Bicycle Trail
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Cow Parsnip may be easily confused with:
- Eastern Hemlock-Parsley
Cow parsnip is a much larger, thicker, stouter plant.
- Queen Anne's Lace
Cow parsnip looks like Queen Anne's lace on steroids. It is larger and heaver in every dimension.
- Spotted Cowbane
Cow parsnip has thicker stems and larger flower heads.
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.