Cow-parsnip Caution

Cow-parsnip (Heracleum lanatum) is a distinctive looking plant. Parts of the South Beach Trail in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve are lined with dense thickets of Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) and Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus). At this time of year however, they are overshadowed by the dramatic flower heads and leaves of Cow-parsnip (Heracleum lanatum). The large umbels are in various stages …

Cow Parsnip Seeds

Cow Parsnip | Heracleum maximum While out on a family walk at Rosewall Creek Provincial Park south of Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island we discovered a small patch of Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum). Some caution is advised with this plant due to the furanocoumarins in the outer skin that can cause skin irritation when handled by people who are sensitive …