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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is asking for the public’s help in identifying a potentially deadly weed growing in the state and eliminating it.

It’s called Grecian foxglove and there’s concern the leafy portions could be mistaken for lettuce, and it can be lethal to humans and livestock. It’s known to be growing in parts of Washington, Dakota and Wabasha counties.

In the first year, the weed looks like a green rosette with no flowers.

The weed will come back year after year if it isn’t treated. It’s known to be growing in roadsides, yards, grasslands and forest margins along the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers.

If you spot any, please contact the Department of Agriculture so it can be treated.

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