Two giant hogweed plants, whose leaves and sap can cause blistering, were spotted at the end of Cutler Lane off Old Albany Post Road in Philipstown, where the Bell trail begins. The state Department of Conservation asks anyone who spots the invasive weed to email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Hogweed Hotline at 845-256-3111. If confirmed, the agency will contact the landowner. The plants can grow up to 14 feet high and their white flowers cluster into an umbrella that can be up to 2.5 feet in diameter.
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