Hogweed

Hogweed

Observation - Hogweed - UK and Ireland. Description: I think this is a member of the parsley family, but am not 100% sure it is hogweed. It was about 3ft tall, with thick hairy stems. Clusters of white flowers at the top of the plant. What caught my eye was the 'casing' around the young flower buds - this

I think this is a member of the parsley family, but am not 100% sure it is hogweed.
It was about 3ft tall, with thick hairy stems. Clusters of white flowers at the top of the plant. What caught my eye was the 'casing' around the young flower buds - this was quite solid to the touch and had a purplish tint (photos 4 & 5).