Herb: Downy Cow-Parsnip

Latin name: Heracleum pubescens

Family: Umbelliferae

Edible parts of Downy Cow-Parsnip:

The young shoots are filled with a sweet aromatic juice and are eaten raw.

Description of the plant:


75 cm
(2 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Damp shady places.

Propagation of Downy Cow-Parsnip:

Seed - sow mid to late spring or early autumn in situ. Division in autumn.

Cultivation of the herb:

Damp shady places.

Medicinal use of Downy Cow-Parsnip:

None known

Known hazards of Heracleum pubescens:

Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, many members of this genus contain furanocoumarins. These have carcinogenic, mutagenic and phototoxic properties. Skin contact with the sap of some members of this genus is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.