Plant ID forum: Hogweed or cow parsnip

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Jul 1, 2017 8:58 AM CST
There is a plant growing down the road from my house, At first I thought it was hogweed, but considering there are many lookalikes i decided to ask on these forums.

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I am thinking it's either cow parsnip or hogweed. It's been growing there for several years now, the plant is about 6 ft tall. The stem near the base is about 1 inch in diameter, tiny fibrous hairs on the branch connecting to the stem, and the cluster of flowers is about 6-14 inches on diameter. Any ideas? Thanks guys (and gals). Also sorry about the bad quality of the photos.
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Jul 1, 2017 9:04 AM CST
This article may help you determine which you have:
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Jul 7, 2017 3:55 PM CST
if it's 6+ feet tall with umbrella-shaped flower clusters (Cow Parsnip/Hogweed are more flat-shaped) then it's probably Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum).

New York created a handy ID guide - google "Giant Hogweed New York ID" (I can't post links here)

New York also suggests you kill it for the crime of being a noxious weed.

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