Giant Hogweed

You may recall that in June I wrote about plant toxicity because of how I was scrolling through Google news, and came across an item about a four-year-old girl who had brushed against giant hogweed and developed huge blisters on her hand. Not only that but there are long term effects from exposure.

Well, Tamara and I spent a few days in Hove and Brighton last week.

And what should I see while walking up one of the streets, but a giant hogweed. Given that it is years since I saw a giant hogweed, what a thing to see.

(photo taken with iPhone 8).

First thing was to get a bit closer to see whether there were any purple patches on the stem. And as you can see – there are.


  1. Joan E. Miller says:

    This is on our state list of noxious weeds and people are encouraged to report their location when seen. Someone should report that, or carefully remove it!

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    1. Thanks Joan, after we got back home I looked up whether the plant that has to be reported, and it doesn’t. I thought about telling the people there but didn’t do it. I felt bad, and earlier this evening I wrote a letter to the ‘occupiers’ telling them about the danger.


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