Heracleum persicum (family Apiaceae) is one of three closely resembling tall invasive hogweeds, next to Heracleum mantegazzianum and Heracleum sosnowskyi. The plant is native to Turkey, Iran and Irak. The species was introduced in several botanical gardens throughout Europe but naturalized populations are only reported from Scandinavia, principally from Norway. The species also occurs in Denmark, Finland and Sweden, and possibly in Hungary and the UK. The species can form dense populations, thereby suppressing the growth of other species. The photosensitizing furanocoumarins can cause skin burning to humans. As far as is known, the species has not yet been observed in the Netherlands.