Heracleum maximum

Heracleum maximum

cow parsnip



  • Tall (3 to 9 feet) herbaceous perennial
  • Dormant in the fall and winter.
  • Grows well in wet, sunny places
  • A favorite for creek restoration
  • Large white flower heads blooms April – June
  • Large seeds provide food for birds.
  • Coastal Indians sought out young tops in spring to eat
  • Found in Point Molate, Bay Hills, Diablo and Mission Peak sections

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