Photographer: Kitty Kohout
Heracleum lanatum Michx.
Heracleum: named for Hercules, who was supposed to have used it first for medicine
lanatum: Latin for "wooly"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 3'-10' tall, stout, often fuzzy, foul smelling forb; single, hollow stems|
|Flower: ||white, 5-parted, petals notched; inflorescence a 4"-8" compound, flat umbel with 15-30 stalked umbellets, the outer flowers sometimes larger and irregular; blooms June-July|
|Fruit:||dry, splitting into 2 seeds, - fruit: seed:|
|Leaf:||softly hairy; once 3-parted with broad, stalked, toothed or palmate leaflets; usually with an enlarged base with the stalk clasping the stem|
|Habitat: ||sun to partial shade; moist; disturbed sites, streambanks; in rich soil|