"Aleutian Putchky (wild celery) is a dangerous plant if it's juice contacts your skin when the sun is shining.
This plant's juice goes through photosynthesis when exposed to the sun, causing chemical burns as shown in the picture. It is painful and takes a week or more to heal.
Please do not chop it or cut grass or tromp through it unless you are fully protected by clothing. If you are exposed, wash the skin immediately in soapy water. Do not pop the blister, Benadryl may be used and can be purchased over the counter. Aspirin will also relieve some of the pain. The best thing is to avoid it altogether.
The season for eating the inner celery stock after peeling it is in the young plant stage only. When it gets over a few feet tall, it becomes too bitter to eat." (Char Gisvold)
CB mentioned that the Putchki is blooming...my eyeballs knew it was blooming....what a weekend...everyone must have thought I was partying (or stoned) all weekend...red, watery, itchy eyeballs...Anyway, Char Gisvold (I think she works with the Ounalashka Wellness Center, correct me if I'm wrong), posts this photo and warning every year around town and in the library...so I thought I'd share it with everyone...just to give you an idea of how awful this stuff is!
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