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No giant hogweed scares this year?

With no scare stories in the media about giant hogweed this year, I had almost failed to notice the plants.

It was only while I was passing through the giant hogweed plantations that border many areas on the banks of the River Clyde recently, and looking up at the tallest examples, that I realised we were missing the alerts this year.

I’m not sure if this is down to the drier weather than usual, and the brown appearance of the plants, which are almost as big as usual, but appear to weaker and starving compared to past years. While I’m not going to start prodding them, I suspect the are pretty dry internally, and there will be little of the hazardous sap spilling if the stems are cut or broken.

I’ve also seen a lot of them just wilting by the side of road, leaning over instead of standing straight.

Still, they can be spooky to pass, like this tall pair ‘guarding’ the path on the Clyde Walkway.

Clydeford Bridge Giant Hogweed

Clydeford Bridge Giant Hogweed

23/07/2018 - Posted by | Civilian, photography | , ,

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