Toxic plant that burns skin, causes blindness spreading in U.S.

22 June, 2018, 21:39 | Author: Rosalie Gross
  • INVASIVE PLANT THAT BLINDS, CAUSES 3RD-DEGREE BURNS FOUND IN VIRGINIA

"There is a strong possibility that the Giant Hogweed could find it's way into the Tidewater/Coastal Virginia area", the page warns. He said the plant is easily mistaken for cow parsnips, but gardeners who aren't sure what they're looking at should back away and contact their local Virginia Tech agricultural extension agent or the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs.

Like we mentioned, sap from the hogweed contains toxic chemicals.

"It may be possible for hogweed seeds to remain viable in the soil for 15 years", the agency said. In extreme case, it can cause blindness. The white flowers on top look a little bit like Queen Anne's Lace, and sit kind of like an umbrella over the rest of the plant. Giant Hogweed is much larger growing to up to 16-feet.

According to the Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Facebook page, "Giant Hogweed makes Poison Ivy look like a walk in the park".

It's called giant hogweed, and well, not to be alarming, but it's pretty scary. If you must touch giant hogweed, wear disposable rubber gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and trousers.

Compressed soaked in an aluminum acetate mixture that is available at pharmacy provide relief form skin irritation. If you must touch giant hogweed, wear disposable rubber gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and trousers.

The plant has been spotted in NY but also, Virginia, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and parts of the Pacific Northwest.

These pesky plants spread when birds and waterways carry seeds to new locations. It is native to the Caucasus Mountain region between the Black and Caspian Seas and grows along streams and rivers, and in fields, forests, yards and along roadsides.

Giant hogweed, or Heracleum mantegazzianum, is a Southwest Asian plant that was brought to the United States for ill-advised ornamental purposes in 1917. It can grow to as high as 20 feet.

"In brief, the sap prevents your skin from protecting itself from sunlight, which leads to a very bad sunburn", according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. If necessary, the DNR can even obtain a court order to eradicate it.

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