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Giant hogweed

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Heracleum mantegazzianum

Giant hogweed superficially resembles native hogweed. Giant hogweed is an enormous plant with a large flower head (up to 80 cm across) and deeply serrated leaves. Plants may grow to more than 5 m (16 ft) tall, dwarfing native plants, shrubs and even trees! Stems are hollow tubes covered in sharp bristles. Be very careful around giant hogweed as touching any part of the plant can cause painful blistering of the skin that may pop up again years later.

Giant hogweed may be found individually or in bigger patches, particularly along riverbanks. Found throughout the UK, giant hogweed is particularly abundant in northern England and southern Scotland.

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Giant hogweed on 2012-06-04 08:00:00

Giant hogweed on 2012-06-04 08:00:00

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