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June 4, 2014 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Cow Parsnip

Cow Parsnip

Almost wordless: Cow Parsnip is a biennial and a member of the carrot family. It’s a plant to avoid contact with – they can cause a rash similar to poison ivy. I found these plants in the wet woodland area in the nature park. They are about 4 feet tall already and will grow to a height of 8 or 9 feet.

Cow Parsnip

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  1. readerbuzz / Jun 4 2014 5:55 am

    What a surprise inside!


  2. Beth F / Jun 4 2014 6:50 am

    Lovely! I always have to look twice to distinguish them from Queen Anne’s Lace.


  3. BermudaOnion / Jun 4 2014 7:37 am

    They’re gorgeous!


  4. irene / Jun 4 2014 7:59 am

    lovely, but dangerous…


  5. jmcguin7 / Jun 4 2014 8:40 am



  6. Carol / Jun 4 2014 9:42 am

    Very pretty. I’d never heard of them before.


    • Leslie / Jun 4 2014 10:49 am

      I noticed them popping up last year in the restored wetlands along the nature trail. They resembled Queen Anne’s Lace, but were huge. When I saw them again last week, I looked them up and found out they are Apiaceae, the same family as parsley and carrot.


  7. Suko / Jun 4 2014 1:31 pm

    So lovely!


  8. Sheila (Book Journey) / Jun 5 2014 7:50 pm

    You find the most amazing things! Have you considered making a photo book?


    • Leslie / Jun 8 2014 2:55 pm

      No photo book yet but I am thinking maybe a nature calendar of unusual plants and critters.


  9. stacybuckeye / Jun 8 2014 2:42 pm

    8 or 9 feet? That would be enough to keep me away!


    • Leslie / Jun 8 2014 2:53 pm

      Yes! When I went on my walk yesterday they were already 6 feet tall. They look almost prehistoric with those huge pods for flower buds. And I stay far away from them.


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