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The plant is known as The Giant Hogweed. It grows in many countries including the USA.
Watch the Video and take what you hear to heart. Let everyone in your groups not to mess with or eat this weed.
Too bad, it's really a beautiful plant but. considered an invasive plant species in the United States.
“Giant hogweed is a public health hazard that ranks even higher than poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac, in respect to its potential to harm humans,”
Thanks for the heads-up Nam Vet.
I understand that it can be used as food BUT only when it is very young. All the same, I think I would leave it alone unless I was starving and like I said. The Plant was only about 3" tall.
Fiddlehead Ferns are also bad after they are over 5" tall.
Another plant to stay away from is jimsonweed/datura. We have it growing here on the ranch and can be deadly. The native americans used it in their ceremonies (it's a hallucegen) and it does have some medicinal values to it. Problem is most people don't know what quantities and parts of the plant to use. We have found that if an animal will not eat a plant or the berries, or drink water out of a creek or stream, well you better follow suit.......the animals know what is good and what is bad.
I have noticed one good thing about Jimson Weed. I have seen it here in Nevada and it is mostly growing where there is water. During the cooling hours the blacktop road will cause water to form and that water will give releaf to any plants that grows close to the road. I also have seen the plant further from the roadway where there can not be any run off from the roadway. Every plant in the area is also green, telling me that there has to be water close by. I seldon see the plant growing out away from hills and mountains.
You're absolutely right Nam Vet......all of the jimsonweed I have seen here on the ranch is close by to water.
Nam Vet, I have heard that even brushing up against the Giant Hogweed can cause burns and even scarring, so I guess chopping the plant down is not the best way to get rid of it. So what method would be the best way to get rid of it if it invades your property?
I say that you get those with such knowledge to do it for you including the removal of the soil where the plant called Home. Seads, you know.
You can poison them and then put on protective clothing and dig up the dead plants. Or you might wish to contact your County Official's or even The Closest BLM office for assistance.
Father in law has a bunch behind his house. We have no idea how to get rid of it. It is a huge plant.
This is fro the N.Y. State Dept. of Environmental Conservation(DEC).
Overall Giant Hogweed Control
1.Prevent introduction into new areas
2.Do not move soil contaminated with seed. If removal of contaminated soil is necessary, seedling emergence can be prevented by burying the soil to a minimum depth of 20 inches (50 cm) and covering it with clean soil
3.Sowing and planting giant hogweed is PROHIBITED
4.Since the dispersal of giant hogweed is almost entirely by seeds, it is very important to prevent the plant from setting seed
5.Control new, smaller infestations first before the seed bank has a chance to establish
tHERE'S MORE INFO AND WARNINGS HERE.
I might try smothering the plants with heavy black plastic and/or tarps for one or two cycles and then plant heavily with grasses or grains.
Inject it with plant killer. Just protest your skin while doing it. Find someone that has diabetic needles and then buy some plant killer and some strong rubber gloves. Not the type often found under the kitchen sink, either. Get rubber gloves that are much thicker then those.
Thanks guys will pass this info along. It's been there a while.
And I don't suggest that your Papa n law burns the plant. However if done correctly the plant could become a weapon to be used against the Enemy.