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Heracleum Mantegazzianum. "Kæmpe Bjørneklo" in danish - or "Giant Hogweed". Hollufgård, Odense, June 2016. FujiFilm X100T, Fujinon ~35mm /f1:2.0


I love meeting Giant Hogweed when I’m out for a run or a hike. They’re big, majestic, strong and beautiful. But it is also a growth that has been imported to northern Europe by mistake and was spread out in an environment where it is not at home. It is now threatening the native flora with its overshadowing and expansive nature. Unrestrained.

Hogweed can be controlled manually, mechanically, and with herbicides. Most of the time, an infestation is best controlled using several methods in combination or in succession:

  • Prevent introduction into new areas,
  • Never moving soil with contaminated seed,
  • Prohibit Sowing and planting
  • Prevent the plant from setting seed

In other words: A two, three, or even four-pronged attack plan. The final part to any control method is to plant grasses or other vegetation to provide competition for those huge plants and decrease soil erosion.

© 2016 – Oliver Haas-Jensen, All Rights Reserved

Swiss expat, living in the green middle of Denmark since 1992. Family man, amateur photographer and editor of this site. I publish my photographic work from exploring my surroundings, travels and events i attend to in order to share it with the visitors of this site. Welcome to Olivers Film Roll.

(2) Comments Write a comment

  1. So ein Riesenkerbel hat mir einmal den ganzen Arm verbrannt. Aber ich liebte sie als Deko im Wohnzimmer.Jetzt sieht man sie hier nur noch selten.


  2. Ja, die hatten wir bis vor 10 Jahren im Garten, war aber für kleine Kinder gefährlich, denn denen hat sie besonders gefallen. Hunderte gab es entlang der Autobahn bei Kriegsstetten, wurden alle ausgerottet.


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