The U.S. Department of Agriculture's division of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has identified some of the mysterious seed packets that seem to have been sent from China to more than 1,000 American households.
H/T: Fox Business
As of Wednesday, 14 of the seed species had been identified, according to the agency's Deputy Administrator Osama El-Lissy. This includes food staples like mustard and cabbage as well as herbs like mint, sage, rosemary and lavender. Flower breeds such as morning glory, hibiscus and roses were also discovered.
#APHIS is working closely with @CBP and State Depts of Ag re: unrequested seeds. If received, pls contact State Dept of Ag https://t.co/g0WhR57Wv3 or the #APHIS State Plant Health Office https://t.co/CdHtWghDbC. Keep packaging and do not plant seeds from an unknown origin! pic.twitter.com/LORKeTh4Tc— USDA APHIS (@USDA_APHIS) July 27, 2020
Literally got China seeds pic.twitter.com/aBYMLJbXm4— Shrimp (@FriedThatRice) August 1, 2020
People all over the world have been receiving packets of seeds unsolicited in the post, marked as coming from China and containing earrings. A great global mystery unfolding in lockdown https://t.co/5yjP0hEI4N— Elle Hunt (@elle_hunt) August 1, 2020
Some Texans received mystery seeds mailed from China, and state officials warn they shouldn’t be planted. https://t.co/6nlNYQpi81— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) August 3, 2020
A U.S. agency said it identified 14 types of plants from the unsolicited packages of seeds that seem to have been mailed from China. Experts are still warning not to plant them. https://t.co/PrOEgsuL1h— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 2, 2020
Biochemical Weapon? Japan has received a large number of mystery seeds in small Chinese postal parcels that may be highly toxic, and some people have severe allergies after touching them, so it is advised not to open the clear plastic bags inside the parcels. #seed #toxic #china pic.twitter.com/N5O9izwfkD— Aric Chen 🇺🇸 (@aricchen) August 2, 2020
[Confirmed the identity of the mysterious seeds sent from China] One of them is Giant Hogweed, a plant that should never be touched."The following is from a certain bloke, ""If you touch the sap, you will get burned." The Terrible Damage of the Mysterious Plant "Giant Hogweed" https://t.co/KLC8OPtTNW pic.twitter.com/F50yF4JGKH— 藤井一郎 (@pooh110kg) August 2, 2020
There wasn't anything wrong with my seeds from China.— May Thewords (@MayThewords) August 2, 2020
Sprouted right up, ate the mailman, told me to vote for Joe. Or else. pic.twitter.com/NQXwHQ6As2