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Common Name: Downy Cow-Parsnip
Heracleum pubescens is a Biennial/Perennial up to 0.75 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, many members of this genus contain furanocoumarins. These have carcinogenic, mutagenic and phototoxic properties[
]. Skin contact with the sap of some members of this genus is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people[
W. Asia. Possibly naturalized in parts of C. and W. Europe.
Damp shady places[
Succeeds in any ordinary garden soil, doing best in moist soils or deep woodland[
The young shoots are filled with a sweet aromatic juice and are eaten raw[
Seed - sow mid to late spring or early autumn in situ.
Division in autumn.