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Cow parsnip (Heracleum lanatum) The leaves of cow parsnip can be more than 1 foot wide.

Cow Parsnip

Cow parsnip (Heracleum lanatum) can be found in moist areas below 8,000 feet. Hikers normally see it sticking up above the ground on long stems with bunches of white flowers. The leaves can sometimes be more than a foot wide. The root is considered edible if cooked. The stems are also edible if they are peeled. They can be eaten raw, but they are supposed to be a bit more palatable cooked.


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