Giant Hogweed or Cow Parsnip?
Recent media stories on Giant Hogweed have drawn attention to this invasive plant and the fact that it can cause skin irritation, blistering and burning upon contact. This has raised local public concerns and interest in the plant.
According to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, the plants reported in Alberta to date have proven to be Cow Parsnip.
Cow Parsnip is:
- a native plant, very common in Strathcona County
- very similar to Giant Hogweed – both plants are members of the Carrot family (Apiaceae or Umbelliferae)
- both can be found in similar habitats
There have been no confirmed Giant Hogweed plants identified in Strathcona County.
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Agri-News article, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
Alberta Invasive Plants Council (AIPC)
Last updated: Thursday, July 29, 2010
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