Giant Hogweed: speak of the devil...

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Kate Aley

Guess what I saw by the side of the road in Wakefield this afternoon? I don't know it's Giant Hogweed for a fact, but it has all the signs: purple blotches on the stem, large ragged leaves and a truly menacing head of thick white flowers.


I'll be calling the Wakefield municipal office about it tomorrow. No-one wants this monster to go to seed, believe me. I'll let you know what they say. In the meantime, don't touch anything.

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I called the La Peche municipal office and got handed around by a couple of couldn't-care-less secretaries who finally gave me the voice mail of someone in public works who did not call me back. There you have it.