Giant hogweed is an invasive plant that is very poisonous to people and animals. Its toxic sap can burn, poison, and blind people who come into contact with it. The description sounds a lot like hype, but the reality of giant hogweed is much scarier. It is a very dangerous plant that is spreading quickly across North America. People are encouraged to keep an eye out for it and report where it is seen in the wild.
1. What is Giant Hogweed?
Giant hogweed or Heracleum mantegazzianum goes by the common names giant cow parsnip, giant cow parsley, and hogsbane, and is a member of the carrot family. Unlike the carrot, giant hogweed is incredibly poisonous and can severely hurt or even blind people who get its sap on their skin.