Hogweed

Heracleum sphondylium

About

Unlike its alien relative, Giant Hogweed, Hogweed is a native plant which is abundant in hedgerows, roadside verges, waste grounds and rough grasslands. As a member of the carrot family (an umbellifer), it displays large, umbrella-like clusters of creamy-white flowers between May and August which are attractive to a range of insects. It can often be seen flowering all year-round.

How to identify

Hogweed displays large, white umbels of flowers, has hollow, hairy stems, and broad, hairy and divided leaves.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August

How can people help

Although they sometimes don't look especially wildlife-friendly, our roadside verges and waste grounds can provide valuable habitats for all kinds of plants and animals. The Wildlife Trusts get involved in different projects to help make these places as beneficial for wildlife as possible. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Hogweed
Latin name
Heracleum sphondylium
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Height: up to 2m
Conservation status
Common.