~ Cow Parsnip ~ WPC ~ From Every Angle ~

Though some may consider it a weed, cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum), is an herb native to North America and was used by indigenous tribes as a food, medicine and mosquito repellent.*

Also known as Indian celery and Indian rhubarb, cow parsnip can reach heights over 7 feet (2 m). It’s flower is characteristic of the carrot family with flat-topped or rounded umbrels about 8 inches (20 c) across. Its blossoms are always white.*

*Wikipedia

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “From Every Angle.”

 

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3 Responses to ~ Cow Parsnip ~ WPC ~ From Every Angle ~

  1. Lindy-
    Although indigenous people knew how to safely use native plants, Cowslips, being one, as your post describes…
    there is a VERY TOXIC AND DANGEROUS LOOK-ALIKE INVASIVE SPECIES!!!
    I encourage all to be educated to avoid skin lesions and poisoning by GIANT HOGWEED. To the unsuspecting this could look like quite a find… but is dangerous.

    This post on my blog gives details… I highlighted Giant Hogweed because the harm photosensitive sap from the plant can cause if humans come in contact with it: devastating skin lesions and burns; sap-related blindness. Parents are especially advised to take note of this plant’s description because children could be attracted to the Giant Hogweed’s size and flower.

    Scroll down a bit when you click the link for more information and another link to a fact sheet-

    http://justanothernatureenthusiast.org/2015/05/01/bully-plants/

    ~Jane

  2. quarksire says:

    Ω …………. 😎

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