Cow parsnip

Heracleum lanatum
  • Hul’qumi’num Name:  yaala’
  • Description: Large, hairy perennial herb from a taproot. White umbel flowers appear in summer, followed by aromatic seeds.
  • Habitat: Moist, open sites.
  • Harvest: Harvest stalks in late spring. Harvest seeds in the fall.
  • Edibility: Stems must be peeled before using raw, cooked, steamed, or fried. Seeds are ground up for seasoning.
  • Fun Fact: Yaala’ is related to giant hogweed, which is a toxic invasive species. Yaala’ is safe to plant and harvest, but some people are sensitive to its oils – so wear gloves!

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