Not only the people feel good in this midsummer. Nature also bleeds, unfortunately also those plants, on which one can do without gladly. In munnerstadt, the giant periwinkle has spread – this is bad, because the plant is poisonous and can cause very unpleasant skin lesions. The gardeners of the city's building yard have had to go out several times this summer to remove the perennials. At the same time, the city workers have to work very carefully. They protect themselves with protective suits so that they do not injure themselves on the plants. "They are dangerous", also confirmed by stefan sluzar, head of the city's building department.
He attributes the fact that the plants are thriving so well this year to the wet spring and the warm summer. "Last year it was not so bad", says the head of the building yard. The city's gardeners and the forestry workers had an eye for the places where the shrubs particularly like to grow. But they have also received tips from the public. This was gladly accepted, assures reiner straub from the city's building department. "We can not be everywhere", he says. Therefore one is glad about such tips. It is important that the shrubs are removed, adds straub. Stefan sluzar and the workers in the building yard have observed that the giant cash thief grows especially frequently near beehives. 30 or 40 years ago the barenklau was a popular bee pasture. At that time, no one could have imagined how problematic this plant could become.
"At the old schindberg we had a real plantation", female stefan sluzar. In reichenbach, too, the construction team has already been on the job this year in connection with the theft of cash. Several flowered perennials are currently still standing in the maital. While the first plants are already scattering their seeds, the next generation of the poisonous immigrant from the caucasus is already growing again on the ground.
Assistance from authorities
The lower nature conservation authority at the district office of bad kissingen and the health department of bad kissingen advises private citizens if giant cash theft has spread on their properties and needs to be eliminated, explains the press spokesman of the district office, stefan seufert. Both sites offer help on how to permanently remove the plants and protect yourself from injury at the same time. Dr. Matthias hahn of the health department has not received any inquiries from the public so far, however. The giant cash theft has not yet been a burning issue, at least for the health authorities.
The spread of the giant barcus is a european-wide problem, not only because the plant is so poisonous, but also because it is a threat to native flora. There is even a european union project that deals with the plant. On the internet you can find a multilingual information brochure about it.