Giant hogweed is not native to North America. It originates in Asia, in the Caucasus mountain region. It was introduced into North America in the early 1900s by botanists seeking ornamental flowers for their gardens. At the time, there wasn't a lot of concern about introducing non-native species. Unfortunately, the plant produces between 20,000 and 50,000 seeds at a time, so it quickly spread.
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