Cow Parsnip, also known as Eskimo Celery, is a perennial herb that grows up to 9' tall. It is robust and hairy with leaves that are maple-leaf shaped, arising from the plant's base and stem, coarsely-toothed, and up to 20" across. The leaves have a striking resemblance to the Devil's Club, another understory plant of Alaska, but Cow Parsnip isn't covered in thorns. The flowers are tiny, white, and arranged in flat-topped clusters at the top of each thick stem. If you find this plant while hiking, be careful about brushing against it because the juices react with sunlight on one's skin to cause blistering. If you do get the juices on your skin, wash it off as soon as possible. Cow Parsnip is common in beach meadows, on sunny hillsides, and along most roads and trails in many parts of the state.