Posted: 27/06/2015 at 19:23
South West TV recently ran an item on Giant Hogweed. A chap walking his dog apparently brushed against one of these plants and according to the report "suffered life changing injuries ". Yes, the guy was badly burned/blistered on one leg but life changing injury ? Way over the top I think.
Yes, some plants affect some people more than others..........particularly when the sun is hot. I get a rash when brushing against most plants in the summer..........just one of those things. Rubbing a broken stem of Aloe Vera on the affected spot often sorts it out.
Avoiding certain plants is a good idea but the scare stories just keep coming.....no wonder new gardeners are frightened to death by anything remotely natural. Sensible precautions are one thing..........hysteria is another