Etymology: Heracleum: named for Hercules, who was supposed to have used it first for medicine
Plants: erect, perennial, 3'-10' tall, stout, often fuzzy, foul smelling forb; single, hollow stems
Leaves: softly hairy; once 3-parted with broad, stalked, toothed or palmate leaflets; usually with an enlarged base with the stalk clasping the stem
Flowers: white, 5-parted, petals notched; inflorescence a 4"-8" compound, flat umbel with 15-30 stalked umbellets, the outer flowers sometimes larger and irregular; blooms June-July
Fruits: dry, splitting into 2 seeds, - fruit: seed:
Habitat: sun to partial shade; moist; disturbed sites, streambanks; in rich soil
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 3, Wetland Indicator = FACW Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"