Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Umbellifers 3: Hogweed

Third umbellifer identification article.  The huge but variable lobed leaves of Hogweed allow you to identify the plants even without flowers.

No flowers at the moment

but the flower stalks will soon be pushing up

When they do appear next month the flower heads are large and flat and much visited by insects.  Hogweed continues to flower through most of the year.

As many as a dozen small clumps of flowers are grouped into each flower head.

Much appreciated by insects for nectar and for meeting up.  Also by white crab spiders, who lurk among the flowers to pounce on visiting insects.

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