Plant Care cow parsnip

cow parsnip

About cow parsnip

cow parsnip is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is a fun challenge to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

cow parsnip likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

cow parsnip belongs to the Heracleum genus, and is native to North America andAsia.

⚠️ cow parsnip is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


Heracleum maximum

Also known as

cow parsnip, American cow-parsnip, Indian celery, Indian rhubarb, pushki and Heracleum lanatum

How to care for cow parsnip


How often to water your cow parsnip

Water needs for cow parsnip
0.5 cups
every 9

cow parsnip needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Louisville, Kentucky.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of cow parsnip

Water 0.5 cups every

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Plant care guide for cow parsnip in Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

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Finding light for cow parsnip in your home

Light needs and placement for plant cow parsnip: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

cow parsnip love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Louisville, Kentucky ⛅.

cow parsnip does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize cow parsnip

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for cow parsnip: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your cow parsnip after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

cow parsnip can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for cow parsnip

cow parsnip

cow parsnip

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Louisville, Kentucky, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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