Methlick Community Blog

For the Community of Methlick in Aberdeenshire

Botany for Beginners

Some of you may have noticed some large plants growing in the village. We are reliably informed tat these are Not Giant Hogweed.

There are basically three common Umbellifers down by the burn.  The smaller ones are everyone’s friend, Ground Elder, or Cow parsley and the large one IS a Hogweed, but it’s the benign cousin, Heracleum sphondylium, sometimes known as Cow Parsnip, not the infamous Giant,  Heracleum mantegazzianum.

Here are a couple of images stolen from the web; the first on the right is Heracleum sphondylium

and below is the beast, Heracleum mantegazzianum. 

Giant Hogweed

The main differences are size,  but the giant version also has purple blotched stems and the lobes of the leaves are more deeply subdivided again (Bi-pinnate, to be technical).

Please do share any other observations or matters that may be of interest to others in the Community.

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