“New Yorkers Told To Beware Of Giant Plant Which Could Cause Blisters, Blindness”

by Jimmy Akin

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QUOTE: "ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) –New York State environmental officials are trying to nip a huge, dangerous plant in the bud.

"The giant hogweed, a monster plant with flowers the size of umbrellas and sap that causes blisters and blindness, is spreading across New York. TheDepartment of Environmental Conservation is asking for help locating outbreaks.

"The agency has set up a hotline at 845-256-3111 for people to call and report sightings of the invasive species. Callers are asked to provide photos and site information, but should avoid touching the plant.

"This is DEC’s fourth year of controlling giant hogweed.

"Six crews totaling 14 people will visit most of the 944 known giant hogweed sites. Sites with less than 400 plants will be controlled by hand cutting their roots; sites with more than 400 plants will be controlled with herbicide."

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{ 3 comments }

BillyHW July 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Well, at least it doesn’t snatch your body.

Charles E Flynn July 16, 2011 at 6:32 pm

The blindness can be permanent. Thanks for the warning.

Tom July 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Hogweed is seriously nasty stuff. I’ve often wondered how the guy who collected it back in the 1800’s didn’t decide to leave it behind when his skin started burning off.

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