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Giant Hogweed Warning!!

Guys!! Guys!! There is a sooperdangerous gigantical posieplant out there that you gotta watch out for, K? K!! It is called GIANT HOGWEED!! 

Peoples are going crazybananas 'cus it looks a lot like other pretty posieplants like one called QUEEN ANNE'S LACE and stuff, but that is not it, guys!! Giant Hogweed is, well... GIGANTICAL!! It doesn't even bloom it's posies 'till it is 6 feets tall or so, so you will know when you see it!! 

It is sooperdangerous 'cuz the sap from this ornery  leafyplant will burn real bad plus can even make your lookingmarbles stop working!! Forever and everever, even!! Seriousface, guys!! Once you get the burning on your skinparts they will keep burning whenever you are in the sunsmiles for up to TEN YEARTIMES!! This is one BAD WEED!! 

Mature Giant Hogweed in bloom. photo source:

Mature Giant Hogweed in bloom. photo source:

Giant Hogweed. photo source:

Giant Hogweed. photo source:

"Heracleum mantegazzianum, commonly known as giant hogweed, cartwheel-flower, giant cow parsnip, hogsbane or giant cow parsley, is a plant in the family Apiaceae. In New Zealand it is also sometimes called wild parsnip, or wild rhubarb. It typically grows to heights of 2–5.5 m (6 ft 7 in–18 ft 1 in). 

Superficially, it resembles common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), Heracleum sosnowskyi or garden angelica (Angelica archangelica). It is phototoxic and considered to be a noxious weed in many jurisdictions. Giant hogweed is native to the Caucasus Region and Central Asia. It was introduced to Britain as an ornamental plant in the 19th century, and it has also spread to many other parts of Europe, the United States and Canada.

The sap of giant hogweed causes phytophotodermatitis in humans, resulting in blisters, long-lasting scars, and—if it comes in contact with eyes—blindness. These serious reactions are due to the furocoumarin derivatives in the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds of the plant." - from Wikipedia

Queen Anne's Lace. photo source:

Queen Anne's Lace. photo source:

Lotsa peoples see THIS  little posieplant and go crazybananas, 'cuz they sorta look the same and stuff. But not even, guys!! 

This plant is called a DAUCUS CAROTA, or sometimes peoples call it WILD CARROT, butt mostly peoples just call it QUEEN ANNE'S LACE! Yup. That last one sounds nice, 'cuz this plant IS nice, guys!! Plus it is waymoredifferenter than GIANT HOGWEED!! First way to see it is not Giant Hogweed is 'cuz it is NOT GIANT!! See? Easy breezy!! Plus it does not have the big leafybits 'round the bottom either!! So basically if you see stuff like this that is like big as your hand or something, that is not Giant Hogweed!! 

Butt if you see a plant that is bigger than you with big spiky leafybits 'round the bottom, DON'T EVEN GO NEAR IT!! Nope!! Plus go home and tell somebuddy where you saw it!! In my Ontarioplace where I live, call the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. They will go send out guys that look like ghostbusters to get rid of it, K? K!! 

Be safe, everybuddy!! 

Plus this is prolly the bestest place I have found to learn lotsa more 'bout it from when it is just a baby to when it is gigantical plus even what times of the year it is growing and stuff!! 

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture page on Giant Hogweed