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Cow Parsnip

Heracleum lanatum
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Habitat: Shaded prairie, stream banks, clearings and moist, open aspen woods.

Description: Very large leaves that are compound, in threes (can be up to 30cm long).  Flowers are white, in umbrella shaped clusters.  Strong smelling plant.

Size: 2m tall.

Fun Facts: The latin name "Heracleum" comes from Hercules, because of how big the plant is!

Source: Wilkinson, K. Wildflowers of Alberta: A Guide to Common Wildflowers and Other Herbaceous Plants.  1999.  University of Alberta Press and Lone Pine Publishing

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Anise Swallowtail
Papilio zelican

Habitat: The Anise Swallowtail can be found throughout Alberta and depending on the weather, out of the pupa stage as early as late April continuing on until mid-August. It is primarily a forest butterfly but can sometimes be found in the prairies and in alpine regions.

Description: This butterfly comes in two colour forms, the typical yellow colour and a black version.  The best way to...

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