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Nasty Skin-Burning Plant Is Spreading

giant hogweed

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  • A towering, skin-burning, invasive weed has appeared in Virginia, surprising agriculturists as it has usually only been found in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states, originally planted by beekeepers as the flowers are 2.5 feet across and provide substantial amounts of pollen
  • Toxins in the sap of the giant hogweed increase photosensitivity of your skin, leading to significant burning; if the sap enters your eyes it may lead to temporary or permanent blindness
  • It is important to appropriately identify the hogweed, as well as poison ivy, oak and sumac, which may look different based on geographical location, climate, season or species
  • The ability to identify poisonous plants reduces your risk of skin rashes or burns. Natural strategies can be used to eliminate the plants from your garden

By Dr. Mercola

Most poisonous plants are invasive weeds, including poison ivy, oak, sumac and the plant recently discovered in Virginia — giant hogweed. Giant hogweed is on the federal noxious weed list, which means it is unlawful to propagate, sell or transport it across state lines as it is invasive and often crowds out native plants.


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