Beware The Giant Hogweed. Everything You Need To Know
I am so glad I saw this article. We have giant hogweed growing down the country roads in the midwest. I always thought it was a great looking weed until I read how dangerous it is.
Giant Hogweed is a public health hazard that ranks up there higher than poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac in respect to its potential to harm humans.
The reason for concern is that the sap from this plant can cause a severe skin reaction known as photo-dermatitis or photo-sensitivity. The reaction can happen up to 48 hours after contact. After coming in contact with the sap, the skin blisters when exposed to sunlight
This unwanted plant is found on the Federal Noxious weed list. This means that it is illegal to sell or transport it across state lines, a violation punishable by fines. Get all the info on this weed with instructions if you touch it.