A couple residing in the village of Winford, close to the Bristol Airport, had an encounter with thugs and cops because of a flowering moss plant in their property. The couple was shocked when their home was invaded by gangsters because they were attracted to the cannabis smell coming from the property.
The gangsters thought that the house is a cannabis factory so they tried to steal some by breaking down the entrance. The couple was terrified and the thugs were disappointed to find out thatthere’s no cannabis but the plant releasing the aroma is Caucasian Crosswort.
Authorities have cautioned homeowners to consult professional landscapers such as Greenside Landscaping to help them identify plants that could be mistaken as illegal by the cops.
This is not the first time that people got into trouble because of innocent plants in their garden. There are a number of plants you should watch out for such as the Phlox subulata. This is a pretty flower that will not only call the attention of cops but robbers as well.
This is based on the experience of Ivor and Margaret Wiltshire when their Kingswood home was invaded by thugs and the cops paid a visit too. They were on vacation when the gang broke down their door and tried looking for the cannabis because of the drug-like aroma released by phlox subulata.
Mugwort plant is second on the list because of its smell which is similar to weed. Despite this, it is planted by many because of its medicinal uses and it also served as a culinary herb for several centuries. It has many applications including food flavouring, insect repellent and beer.
Another plant to look out for is the spider flower or cleome because its aroma is not the only thing similar to cannabis, it looks like cannabis too.
One may think that tomatoes are innocent looking plants but in 2008, cottage owned by a widow was raided because the police though that her tomato plants are cannabis. The owner, Lulu Matheson, was arrested and her house was searched.
With all these reports all because of innocent looking plants, many homeowners are hiring experts in the industry such as Greenside Landscaping to help them identify plants that could get them into trouble with the authority.