cartwheel-flower,giant cow parsnip,hogsbane, giant cow parsley
banks, woods, roadsides.
Up to 5 mts.
The scientific name derives from the Greek hero Heracles
Native of the Caucusus, it is naturalised in Western Europe.
It contains a volatile substance which sensitises the skin
and may cause blistering especially during warm weather.
The sap of giant hogweed causes phytophotodermatitis in humans,
resulting in blisters, long-lasting scars, and, if it comes in contact
with eyes, blindness.