Giant Hogweed, Göteborg, April 16th, 2001
The giant hogweed
will no longer wait.
It started erupting from the soil a month ago
- as the snow went
revealing the extent of its underground network
ever colonizing from the sites of last year
Jätteloka i november, i februari, i juni och i oktober
Eva Ekeblad, 2001
After I first made this page I have understood that the scatter of new mini-hogweeds around the sites of last year's dead flower stalks are, in the main, the result of abundant seed production, rather than any underground network - although the root stalk of the hogweed is very persistant, and does sprout buds for vegetative reproduction. From the first seedling to those huge flower stalks it takes several years - after flowering the mother plant typically dies. It's almost impossible to get rid of the giant hogweed by cutting it down. Mowing, on the other hand
(and mowing and mowing and mowing...) might do it.