Embed Cow Parsnip - Heracleum maximum

Cow Parsnip - Heracleum maximum Cow parsnip is native to North America.  It is a HUGE plant that grows to be over 2 meters (7 ft) tall.  The flower umbels are 20 cm across and the leaves are up to 40 cm across!  It is often confused with Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum), but cow parsnip is not as toxic.  Cow Parsnip sap contains a phototoxin that reacts with ultraviolet light to cause skin irritation ranging from a mild rash to severe blistering.  It's kind of like an anti-sunscreen.

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