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Margo
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:04 pm    Post subject: Warning Reply with quote

Keep your dogs and yourself well clear of Giant Hogweed.This highly infectious plant. Its sap reacts with the u v rays of the sun to produce third degree burns on the skin of humans and pets. Do not pick it, touch it or even brush against it.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard this when I was a kid but I had thought it was a bit of an old wive's tale, thanks for the warning Margo!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A friend of mine was strimming an overgrown path one day and sliced through some Giant Hogweed. Thank God he was wearing a visor as his forearm and neck were sprayed with it's sap, resulting in very nasty blisters.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Obviously nothing near as bad the burns that Hogsweed does, but I have the same problem with YARROW and SOUTHERNWOOD (wormwood). I don't have it here but had it in UK and had to wear long sleeves and gloves when clearing it.
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