Species Factsheet

Heracleum mantegazzianum


Complete name: Heracleum mantegazzianum Sommier et Levier
Taxonomy: Magnoliophyta » Magnoliophyta » Rosopsida » Apiales » Apiaceae » Heracleum mantegazzianum
Authors: J. Pergl and I. Perglová
Last updated: September 19th, 2006

Common Names

Giant hogweed, giant cow parsnip, cartwheel-flower, Siberian cow-parsnip.


Heracleum caucasicum Steven
Heracleum giganteum Hornem.
Heracleum mantegazzianum Sommier & Lévier
Heracleum panaces Willd. ex Steven
Heracleum speciosum Weinm.
Heracleum tauricum Steven

Short Description

It is monocarpic perennial, which persists several (usually 3-5) years in rosette stage, with leaves up to 2.5m long. After reaching the mature stage it flowers and dies. The flowering stem can be up to 5m high and bears large umbels with small white flowers.