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Thread #162370   Message #3866529
Posted By: Steve Shaw
17-Jul-17 - 06:43 AM
Thread Name: BS: Weapons of mass weed destruction
Subject: RE: BS: Weapons of mass weed destruction
Giant hogweed can grow in places where children have access. Its impressive appearance can be attractive, its huge flower heads forming a canopy that looks like a den, and its tempting thick stems make nice sticks to play with. Skin contact with it is capable of causing severe scarring that can last for years. That isn't the kind of alien we need in this country. The common hogweed, in contrast, is much beloved by herbivores and the young shoots can be cooked and eaten. I've tried it but I didn't like it one bit, though I'm still here. I also tried Alexanders, a related plant that grows a lot round here. Don't know what those Romans ever saw in it.