YESTERDAY I OPENED THE NEWSPAPER ON THE TRAIN AND GASPED ... THERE WAS A PICTURE OF A GIANT KILLER WEED THAT LOOKED A LOT LIKE THAT ONE!
Holy Hogweed this weed's no joke .
It's called a 'Giant Hogweed'.
It's Nickname is Queen Anne's Lace on steroids.
(Picture is courtesy of NYS Dept. Of Environmental Conservation)
The sap from the stems leaves and flowers of this weed can cause blindness and third degree burns! Very Serious.
How many neurotic voice mail messages do you think I left Joann to warn her to stay away from her weed?
We kept missing each other but her messages back to me were all the same .
"What the hell are you taking about?" "Call me back".
She'll know when the DEC rings her bell .
The last thing a fellow babe needs is to be taken out by a giant weed.
This DANGEROUS Giant Hogweed has beautiful flowers as big as umbrellas and it could be coming to a city or park or garden near you. So look at the pictures and try and retain them. Retaining anything but water is a problem BUT TRY.
It's so freakin dangerous that NYS has set up a Hogweed Hotline at (845) 256-3111.
(I am never eating anything from Joann's garden)
The backstory on the Giant Hogweed is it first showed up in the Caucasus Mountain region between the Black and Caspian Seas then traveled to Europe and the United Kingdom in the late nineteenth century, and then to the United States in the early twentieth century as an ornamental garden plant. (Something I'd have brought home)
It has become established in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
So again - take a look at the pictures.