West Highland Flora

Hogweed


Heracleum sphondylium

 

Heracleum sphondylium

Photo Carl Farmer
8 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

Very common in waste ground, rough vegetation, roadsides, forestry rides, woodland, gardens.

Flower umbels c 5-15 cm across.

ID: Petals of outer flowers very unequal and deeply notched.

Other features: No or few lower bracts, several reflexed upper bracts.  Leaves very coarse and hairy, their stalks becoming a sheath near the stem.

 

Heracleum sphondylium

Photo Carl Farmer
7 Oct 2001 Portree, Skye

 

  Heracleum sphondylium

Photo Carl Farmer
8 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye
 

 
  Umbels going over from flower to fruit
 
 
     
  Heracleum sphondylium

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Sep 2002 Glenbrittle, Skye
 

 
  Unusual autumn regrowth with single-flowered umbels  
     

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