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If you see this flower in your yard, stay away from it!


Flowers are easy to appreciate. They look beautiful, have amazing colors and designs, and often times have pleasant aromas too. However, there are some flowers that might be gorgeous, but should be avoided. One of those is the giant hogweed. It boasts white flowers that typically group together in an umbrella shape, however, it is also incredibly toxic and invasive - so much so that if you see one, you should call local officials to report it.

The plant can be found in many places, from your yard to your local park to forests and roadsides. Thankfully, it is usually easy to spot because it can grow very high - from seven to 14 feet tall. It also has a stem that is covered in purple splotches and coarse white hairs. The most common states where it's been seen are New York, Washington, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Vermont and Oregon, but it's been found elsewhere as well.

Flowers are easy to appreciate. They look beautiful, have amazing colors and designs, and often times have pleasant aromas too. However, there are some flowers that might be gorgeous, but should be avoided. One of those is the giant hogweed. It boasts white flowers that typically group together in an umbrella shape, however, it is also incredibly toxic and invasive - so much so that if you see one, you should call local officials to report it.

The plant can be found in many places, from your yard to your local park to forests and roadsides. Thankfully, it is usually easy to spot because it can grow very high - from seven to 14 feet tall. It also has a stem that is covered in purple splotches and coarse white hairs. The most common states where it's been seen are New York, Washington, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Vermont and Oregon, but it's been found elsewhere as well.

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