Downy Cow-Parsnip (Heracleum pubescens)

Biennial/Perennial
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Downy Cow-Parsnip
Heracleum pubescens
Umbelliferae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    The young shoots are filled with a sweet aromatic juice and are eaten raw[2, 105, 177, 183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, many members of this genus contain furanocoumarins. These have carcinogenic, mutagenic and phototoxic properties[200]. Skin contact with the sap of some members of this genus is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people[218].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow mid to late spring or early autumn in situ. Division in autumn.
Succeeds in any ordinary garden soil, doing best in moist soils or deep woodland[1].
W. Asia. Possibly naturalized in parts of C. and W. Europe.

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