How to get rid of hogweed. Giant hogweed is a dangerous weed. Its leaves and stem contain a clear watery sap that is highly toxic. In humans contact with giant hogweed sap together with exposure to light natural or artificial ultraviolet rays causes skin lesions similar to burns. A huge toxic plant that can burn skin and cause permanent blindness has been found for the first time in eastern ontario prompting calls for a federal response to contain the spread of the.
The region advises people to dispose of their giant hogweed in one of four ways. Giant hogweed is a very invasive plant which is dangerous to humans but there are ways to stay safe from it if you know what to look out for. Poison ivy poison oak poison sumac wild parsnip cow parsnip giant hogweed and other weeds can all cause significant irritation. Giant hogweed or heracleum mantegazzianum is considered a noxious weed by the federal government.
It is a health and environmental risk. So if you see something that you think is the giant hogwood take pictures of entire plant including its stem leaves flowers and seeds and send. Hogweed hysteria is sweeping the nation with many worried about the giant weed that grows to five metres tall and emits a burning sap. Its a common dilemma you want to get rid of rash causing weeds but you dont want to get a rash in the process.
Giant hogweed is an invasive and poisonous exotic plant. If you get any of this weeds sap on your skin you will notice the following symptoms within 48 hours. The big plant with the odd name and nasty reputation deserves every bit of the bad press its getting. Authorities are trying to get rid of this plant.