Botanical name: Heracleum sphondylium

Common names: Hogweed


  • Plant abundant in hedgerows, roadside verges, waste grounds and rough grassland.
  • Member of the carrot family
  • Umbrella-like clusters of creamy-white flowers appear between May and August
  • Hollow, hairy stems (used by children as water guns, pea shooters and swords)
  • Broad, hairy and divided leaves. Flowers heads with bright pink florets and a ball odd spiny bracts
  • Flowers provide a source of nectar for birds and insects
  • Sap less toxic than that of giant hogweed causing less skin irritation


Poet’s path, ground area before the bridge