Heracleum sphondylium (Cow Parsnip)
Family:
Apiaceae (Parsley)
   
Cow Parsnip is one of the largest members of the Parsley Family in Colorado, with plants growing to over 6 feet tall. Cow Parsnip grows on streambanks and moist areas in the foothills to mountains. Leaves are large, ternately compound (3 leaflets) with palmately lobed leaflets and toothed margins. A large umbel of white flowers appears at the top of the stem.   The size of the plants and the broad leaves help to identify this species.

Vegetation zone:  Foothills, Montane  (5000 - 10,500 ft.)
Time of bloom:  June - August
Origin:  Native
Eastern Colorado Wildflowers