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wild flower ID please

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Heracleum sphondylium, hogweed.

Same genus as the giant hogweed and capable of causing skin burns but it does not, usually, produce enough of the furocoumarins to be a problem.

15 Sep, 2012


Called Hogweed as the young stems were collected to be fed to pigs.

15 Sep, 2012


thank you both, thought id seen it before but that name escaped me!

15 Sep, 2012


That's interesting, Owdboggy. I often wonder how some plants got their strange names. 'Lady's Bedstraw' is pretty obvious but others are just peculiar. :o)

16 Sep, 2012

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