Short Summary

Garber Park is a 13-acre wildland park owned by the City of Oakland located behind the Claremont Hotel in Claremont Canyon. Garber Park is home to significant stands of big-leaf maple, California buckeyes and regenerating coast live oak woodland and forest. The Garber Park Stewards vision is to safeguard the native wildland resources of Garber Park while reducing the risk of wildfire and improving the trail system.

Friday, May 13, 2011

May Flower - Cow Parsnip

The so-called "Common" Cowparsnip (Heracleum maximum)--anything but
common--is Garber Park's Flower of the Month for May.  Anyone who
walks in the Park has come upon this energetic late spring perennial
herb with mild astonishment because of its unique stature.  It comes to mind that this plant might have been a giraffe in a previous life.

Native to California, documented in almost every county, occurring in
many other locations across the United States, when Common Cowparsnip
is racing to bloom--in Garber, late April and May--it steals the show
from any other botanic rivals. Deep green
leaves, elongated stalk, and alluring white flowers, shortly to be
seeds, distinguish it from all others.

You will find Common Cowparsnip in many spots on the Loop Trail and on
the several spurs, especially the one that leads to Rispin Lane.  May
is the month to meet it in its best form. 

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