(ABC Australia) The fashionable yucca plant is to blame for a spike in gardening-related ear injuries, new research has found.
Over a five-year period 28 patients presented to the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne with ear injuries caused by the spikey plant, according to a study published in the UK journal Clinical Otolaryngology.
Ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon Professor Stephen O'Leary, who authored the report, said some of those injuries were very serious.
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"It was a bit of a surprise to us," he told ABC Radio Melbourne.