Heracleum sphondylium is a robust perennial that grows freely in rough grassland habitats such as roadside verges, meadows, riverbanks and woods. This plant is in the top 10 nectar providers for pollinating insects. It's greenish white flowers appear in summer and give out a characteristic pig-like smell, hence the common name hogweed. Easily confused with the related species Heracleum mantegazzianum or giant hogweed, these plants grow to notably different sizes, but are tricky to distinguish. Plant size is the best identifier, the leaf shape also differs slightly between these species. For this plant, hogweed, the leaves are generally arranged in a flat, single plane and in giant hogweed, the leaves are more textured, pointed and in a more three-dimensional arrangement. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
Generally not harvested
Attracts useful insects
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Gravel, Sand
Soil PH preference
Suits larger wildlife friendly gardens or meadows.