Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Don't Touch!

This is giant hogweed, it's everywhere at the minute - there are whole fields of it along the railway lines, it must like the rain. It's also really difficult to get rid of. As well as being quite ugly (I can never understand why it was originally imported as an ornamental plant!) it is dangerous. The stems have a nasty sap that burns on skin contact so keep away from it!


Don't Touch for Weekend Wordsmith

6 comments:

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Goodness gracious, sounds like horticultural sabotage! Imported plants seem to always cause problems, there are so many examples. I wonder if there are any good imports at all?

Katherine said...

We had that in our garden in Orkney when I was a kid, hard to get rid of and not great with young children around, my mum always had to tell us not to touch it.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

small wonder they are called hog weeds... i bet there are other words too

polona said...

i've heard of giant hogweed before... so this is it... not unlike some of the things that grow here...

Elizabeth said...

Yes, this is a nasty plant - though rather spectacular.
Few are as unwanted.
I enjoyed the greenness of your blog.
The internet is an excellent entertainment for grrenish people.

Lenore said...

You go hogweed! :P