Watch out for and DO NOT TOUCH!

Here is an example of some spring giant hog weed that’s growing in the ditches of a country road if you see it DO NOT TOUCH!

It contains a photo toxic sap that reacts with the uv rays of the sun and can cause phytophotodematitis.

After contact you will get an itchy rash in the area, then in just under 48 hours it will blister eventually leaving scars. The stem a green redish purple colour with hairs going up it. If the sap gets into your eyes it can cause blindness.

A young shoot note the hairy stem

This is a dead one I am 6ft 3 but they can grow up to 17ft tall and the white umbrella plant head can grow up to 31 inches wide.

Thanks for reading hopefully this will help you be vigilant for this plant for both yours and your pets sake.

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Nick

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My Top 10 bushcraft books and 4 helpful plant identification apps that I use.

These are the main books I have used over the years to help me learn skills and techniques. There are many ways to skin cat so I like to see how different people do things then work out my own. When learning wild edibles find instructors and cross reference with different books and apps. Only eat something if you are 100% sure about what it is.

I hope this is helpful to you, if anyone has anything to add or any questions please don’t hesitate to write them in the comments.

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Natural cordage Dog bane

Come with me as is show you one of the best natural materials for making natural cordage. At the end I will do a strength test on the cordage I have just made.

Here are some pictures of some Dog bane in winter note the redish brown colour.

You can really see the redish brown colour in this picture

Note how the alot of the branches grow at 90 degrees from each other

Note the drooping leaves in the top left of the picture

The centre of the shaft is hollow apart from a little bit of a pith on the out side. This one doesn’t look it because I had put it into the snow while I was looking for more and it’s filled with ice.