Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants.
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Heracleum sphondylium

Berce commun
Hogweed

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Additional information

Plant family

Area

Sainte Baume

Flower colour

white

Flower size

small

Flowering months

April,

May,

June,

July

Leaf type

Pinnate

Height

50-120 cm

Description

The plant smells faintly of pigs, hence the name ‘Hogweed’. A sturdy plant, with hollow, ridged, hairy stems.

Grows in light woodland.

Flowers

The umbels (15-30 rays) are large, flat, 15 cm across. The petals of the outer flowers are uneven.

Leaves

Pinnate row of leaflets on either side of the stem. Rows of 3-7 leaflets on stalks on either side of the stem, serrated and lobed or just lobed. Variable. Lower leaves to 60 cm, upper leaves smaller.

Fruits Seeds

Schizocarp: a dry fruit round to heart-shaped, striped, with wide rim that splits into single seeded parts when ripe.

Edible

Young shoots: have a taste similar to asparagus.

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