Monster weed burning and blinding New Yorkers

Japan has Godzilla, New York has a giant invasive weed that can burn and blind anyone silly enough to assail it.

Giant Hogweed: Unlike other tall plants,  you can't smoke it.

Giant Hogweed, a relative of the delicious carrot and less-delicious parsnip, must be handled with gloves.

It’s been dubbed Giant Hogweed, which, combined with this lead, may remind readers of the nigh-mythical beast Hogzilla, felled in 2004 by a South Georgia hunter.

The New York Daily Post tries to soothe the Yankee populace with this headline: “Green monster: Dangerous giant weed on the loose.”

“The botanical beast is so rampant that the state Department of Environmental Conservation has even set up a special Giant Hogweed Hotline — and ordered a special 14-man crew to root out its nesting spots along streams, roads and unsuspecting residents’ back yards,” the Post writes.

For a weed, it’s mighty impressive – 20 feet tall with 2½-foot-wide flowers and 5-foot leaves.

It’s blooming now, and is being spotted more often.

The plant’s sap can cause third degree burns. Kids have reportedly used the giant stems as pretend telescopes, but the sap can cause blindness.

Giant Hogweed is not new, the band Genesis warned us about this menace many years ago, when it was cool for rock stars to have pretty hair.

According to New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, giant hogweed is “a native of the Caucasus Mountain region between the Black and Caspian Seas. It was introduced to Europe and the United Kingdom in the late nineteenth century and to the United States in the early twentieth century as an ornamental garden plant.”

If you visit New York, don’t bring any of this stuff back with you. Piedmont Park gardeners have enough problems.

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Rik Roberts

July 6th, 2011
3:20 pm

When I saw “Giant Weed Burning” in the headline, I thought NYC had wised up and legalized pot.

Mum

July 6th, 2011
3:42 pm

Rik Roberts did you have your bags packed? Too cool, you are! Not cool, deceptive headlines!

the_dude

July 6th, 2011
5:25 pm

Uhhhh…wait a minute…….what?

tartofdarkness

July 6th, 2011
5:30 pm

Also related to poison hemlock.

elnuestros

July 7th, 2011
12:28 am

You really need to put your talent to work writing Groupon copy.

Old Geezer

July 7th, 2011
8:01 am

New Yorkers deserve this.

woodrow

July 7th, 2011
12:01 pm

Bloomberg is much more dangerous than Hogweed.

Ramblin Recluse Road

July 7th, 2011
12:16 pm

I’m sure you could disappoint a 20 footer’s day in the sun by injecting the stalk with a syringe of Roundup glysophate liquid. If you could buy diabetic syringes at drug stores over the counter without a prescription, you could then fill them up with the Roundup and do your yardwork. Garden centers will not sell syringes. But if syringes are used, that would save gardeners alot of money. I imagine just a few syringes of injections would kill a 20 footer.

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