21 Jul '11, 8pm

Giant Flowering Weed Proves Toxic To Humans: its here 2 so watch out!

Giant Flowering Weed Proves Toxic To Humans: its here 2 so watch out!

Hiking and camping are two favorite summer activities. But it’s important to remember that the great outdoors isn’t always as welcoming as it seems. Discovery’s Emily Sohn recently reported on a giant flowering weed that’s sending some hikers and campers home with blistering burns and even blindness. With a name like “giant hogweed” you might think it more likely to find this toxic weed on the set of the recent Harry Potter film rather than in your backyard, but researchers say this invasive species is spreading around much of the northern United States. Standing over 15 feet-tall at its peak and featuring giant leaves and an explosion of tiny white flowers, this noxious weed looks a lot like an overgrown cluster of Queen Anne’s Lace. But you won’t want to bring it home in a bouquet. According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, giant hogweed is...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/giant-flowering-weed-pro...

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