A friend recently sent me this link: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/08/04/hogweed-can-blind-humans-found-calhoun-county/31094763/ . Yes, it appears that the notorious Giant Hogweed is making a stand here in the USA.
All of which, of course, reminds me of the great song "The Return of the Giant Hogweed", from my favorite Genesis album, Nursery Cryme.
If you're unfamiliar with the album, here's a list of the songs, with a few YouTube links:
1. The Musical Box - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X_3yOUKSOc
2. For Absent Friends
3. The Return of the Giant Hogweed - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTuJQL8GBqY
4. Seven Stones
5. Harold the Barrel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT7k7keej0k
7. The Fountain of Salmacis - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In2fRySroH8
IMHO "The Musical Box" and "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" are fantastic, being some of the best stuff Genesis did. "The Fountain of Salmacis" is pretty darn good too, and "Harold the Barrel" is amusing. But .... I always thought the overall acoustics of the album were poor. It almost sounds as if this was recorded in the 1950's, not 1971!
A couple more links:
"Giant Hogweed" live - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f59EKHdeyKc
"Giant Hogweed" remastered, (GREAT visuals!) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASo7dklOTP0