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Hogweed?

Can anyone tell me if this is hogweed? It is about 4 feet tall.
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Re: Hogweed?

There's been a fair amount of news about this plant and I've been concerned about it myself because I have similar things growing in my own backyard!

A mature flowering hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) will have a flower bunch that is about six inches in circumference and often larger, featuring about fifty rays (the stems from which the flower blooms). The stem has purple or red in it, too.

If that plant has neither of those characteristics then it's likely Heracleum maximum, a common plant in North America, also known as cow parsnip or wild carrots. Heracleum maximum has about fifteen or more rays, but well short of fifty. The plant growing in my backyard is locally referred to here in Massachusetts as a wild carrot.

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Re: Hogweed?

Here we call it Queen Anne's Lace. We have some Hogweed growing in my area, and is being eradicated by the state. From what I'm reading it is, at the very least a three year process to rid this weed.

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Re: Hogweed?

webmaster wrote:The stem has purple or red in it, too.
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THIS

I was too tired last night, but I was going to say we need to see the stem to be able to tell. I always remember it like a "Speckled Band" -- a Sherlock Holmes story in the original novel.

...I believe Hogweed prefers moist somewhat shady locations, too, whereas Queen Ann's Lace tends to grow well in dry parched locations in full sun.
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Re: Hogweed?

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Giant hogweed stem

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Re: Hogweed?

applestar wrote:
webmaster wrote:The stem has purple or red in it, too.
^^^^^
THIS

I was too tired last night, but I was going to say we need to see the stem to be able to tell. I always remember it like a "Speckled Band" -- a Sherlock Holmes story in the original novel.

...I believe Hogweed prefers moist somewhat shady locations, too, whereas Queen Ann's Lace tends to grow well in dry parched locations in full sun.
I didn't mean Hogweed was called Queen Anne's lace. I was simply saying the pic is called QAL where I reside. Sorry for the confusion. :oops:

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Re: Hogweed?

I knew what you meant, though I'm glad you clarified in case this wasn't clear to some.

I skipped right over the possible ambiguity and was trying to indicate that, if it's growing out in sunny open space, it's more likely to be the benign Queen Ann's Lace and not Hogweed.
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Re: Hogweed?

I would say wild carrot ;) Daucus carota

Hogweed is much taller and flowers are bigger... ;)
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Re: Hogweed?

Thank you everyone for your replies...guess i didnt check the email notification box. It was carrot.

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