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Heracleum lanatum

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Species Name: Heracleum lanatum
Common Name: Cow Parsnip

Cow parsnip grows naturally with plants such as Pinus contorta (Lodgepole Pine), Cornus sericea (Dogwood) and Salix (Willow). Likes moist, shaded areas. Good for high elevations.

Plant Family: Apiaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 3-5' H x 3-5' W
Growth Habit: Upright, branched
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 7800'
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: White
Endangered?:
Distribution: Throughout California Floristic Province, and Great Basin
Natural Habitat: Moist places, wooded or open, below 7800'

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