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July 15, 2010


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Oh my God?...looks so shocking...oh..so bad!

Sarah Scully

Looks like a relative of the parsnip family and the smaller toxic invasive we have in Vermont, wild chervil, which is photo-toxic.


Got them in my garden. Very sturdy. Try to use roundup to get rid of them. Trying for 8 years now and they are still there. Be careful in combination with direct sunlight.

By the way, I did not see them attacking anyone. No triffids here.

Bryan Alexander

Sarah, what does photo-toxic mean, killed by light?

Eight years, Arnaud! (It might take a little more time before they start attacking hardy Europeans)

Ton Zijlstra

Giant hogweeds are extremely persistent. Here in the Netherlands we call them 'bear claws' for the marks they leave (not that we've seen bears in a century or 4, 5 here)
At an early age I was taught to spot them and stay well clear of them.

When I was in Vancouver in 2008, I was amazed and slightly shocked to see them growing in a neighborhood, with people being unaware it is a dangerous plant. See http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonz/2658799786/in/photostream/

Bryan Alexander

Those Canadians live dangerously, Ton. Their polite, quiet exterior conceals a core of dark madness.

"Bear claws" is a great name. In the US, that's also the name of a tasty snack. :)

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