West Springfield reassures residents after article lists city as location for toxic plant

Hampden County

The city of West Springfield is reassuring residents they do not have a hogweed problem after a newspaper report out of Boston.

Hogweed, an invasive species that can cause burns, was listed in a newspaper article over the weekend with towns where it was known to be in Massachusetts.

The article named West Springfield, and Mayor Will Reichelt said the city received some 200 calls by noon Monday from residents concerned they’ve spotted hogweed, which can often be confused with Queen Anne’s Lace.

“The last real report we’ve had of Hogweed was in 2006 on Bayberry Lane,” said West Springfield Mayor, Will Reichelt. “Since then when we do get calls it’s usually Queen Anne’s Lace which it looks similar too, but if you call we will go out and check and make sure its not in West Springfield.” 

The Mayor said on the state’s database on Hogweed, it lists West Springfield as “treatment in progress” for eradicating Hogweed. The Mayor said they are looking into why the city isn’t listed as eradicated. 

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