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 …