Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #47 Common Hogweed

Bradlaugh Fields 3rd July 125

The photo above was taken yesterday near the top of the hill by the sundial (visible in the bottom left), overlooking Northampton, and shows a large, dense stand of Common Hogweed. This plant is related to Cow Parsley, with very similar umbrella- or dish-shaped heads of white flowers, but the plant itself is a lot stouter, with large, hairy, indented leaves.

Also like its cousins the flowers are popular with a whole range of pollinating insects, but especially hoverflies and other flies who are able to reach the nectar in the open flowers with their short tongues or probosces.

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