6/28/2009

Caution, scary plant!


The little field of “set aside” where Ted and I often walk is remarkable in that it supports so many different kinds of plant life. Most of these plants are common grasses, clovers, vetches etc, however, just look what we found last week. I am not sure if you will be able to judge the height of this plant from my photograph but it is almost certainly over twelve feet tall. My learned friend informed me that it is a Giant Hogweed, Apiaceae Umbelliferea, beautiful but very dangerous.

It is a member of the parsley and carrot family but can reach heights of twenty feet. The sap from this plant can cause severe burns to the skin so care must be taken when handling any part of it. Ted and I kept well clear!

13 comments:

  1. So pretty, who would think it could cause such problems.

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  2. 20 feet? oh my, it's tall! please be very careful of that beautiful albeit dangerous plant!

    happy weekend valerie!

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  3. What a coincidence - we have been walking around the Dorothy Clive Garden this morning and there is a huge Hog weed down near the pond area - it towered over us as we walked by and it is one of the plants they have labelled with a yellow 'toxic' notice as well as the laburnum and the american pokeweed:)

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  4. Am partial to that Ted, Valeria - not so keen on the hogweed though. Is Ted a Jack Russell?

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  5. Jeepers. That sounds like a scary plant from The Brothers Grimm!!

    Hello to Ted!! We both love seeing his pictures!

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  6. oh its a nasty plant, I have to note its position along the river tomorrow so that people with the right chemicals and protective gear can go and get rid of it.

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  7. Ted does have some excellent adventures! The flowerheads are impressive, an interesting photo. Only yesterday I noticed giant hogweed along the side of a road travelling through Surrey. Though scary, it does look rather magnificent! x

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  8. It's so difficult to tell what's what with this family; I'm sure I haven't seen one, but there are dozens of cow-parsley variations, and they look so alike...

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  9. Shame you didn't get a pic of yourself under the plant...you would have looked like a fairy!!...with a little fairy dog...naughty Ted!!

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  10. Hello, and thanks for your comment. Yes, that picture is a painting I did many, many years ago. Maybe back when Waterloo Sunset was written.

    Please do stay away from that dangerous plant. xo

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  11. Luckily, judging by the woodiness of the stalk, I would not be tempted to take an otherwise beautiful plant indoors. ha ha!

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  12. My brother is a gardener and he always makes sure that any of his clients are aware of what they have growing in their gardens. The trouble is this plant has made its home in the more inaccessible areas of the countryside. Luckily a lot more people know how dangerous it is these days.

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  13. A deceptively pretty flower, there is a species over here that looks similar but is harmless.
    Thank goodness Ted is there to lead you safely through!

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