Giant Hogweed Plant Anyone who comes in contact with the plant should wash the affected area of their skin with soap and water and keep out of the sunlight for 48 hours, since the effects develop over several days.
Officials in Canada and the U.S. are warning residents not to touch giant hogweed plants, which have been popping up in large numbers in both countries. When combined with sunlight, sap from the plants can cause extreme skin irritation, temporary or permanent blindness and scarring.
HOG WEED_ ALERT_ WILD PLANT_Officials warn those who think they’ve found a giant hogweed plant to stay away from it, keep pets and livestock from grazing on it, and make sure children and pets don’t play around it
BEWARE of the giant hogweed plant that can cause blisters, burns & blindness.The plant is native to central Asia & has spread quickly in the U.S. North East, Midwest, & Pacific Northwest. The plant’s dangerous sap is clear & watery & contains toxins, which causes a skin hypersensitivity to ultraviolet rays. http://news.yahoo.com/video/innocent-looking-plant-poses-serious-151214291.html
Blisters from Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is a Federally listed noxious weed. Its sap, in combination with moisture and sunlight, can cause severe skin and eye irritation, painful blistering, permanent scarring and blindness.
**Alert** Giant hogweed is a human health hazard. ** Contact with sap in the presence of sunlight can cause skin blisters (contact dermatitis). -French Creek Giant Hogweed Project. Please read more on this by clicking the pic!