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.
Giant Hogweed Plant May Cause Blindness - According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, contact with the poisonous weed causes severe skin and eye irritation and may result in blindness and permanent scarring in people sensitive to the plant's toxic sap...
Giant Hogweed - if touched, can cause almost instant blistering, or if rubbed in eyes, can cause BLINDNESS. PLEASE read about these non-edible plants, some of which can be FATAL. Let your children see these and make sure they know not to touch plants without permission.
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.
Giant Hogweed Information: Tips For Controlling Giant Hogweed Plants - Giant hogweed is one scary plant. What is giant hogweed? It is a Class A noxious weed and is on several quarantine lists. Learn more about its control and where it grows in this article. Click here for additional information.
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Worst Invasive Species: Grey Squirrels In 1876, a British banker released a pair of grey squirrels he brought from America into the wild for ornamental purposes, leading others to do the same. A century later, they've decimated native red squirrel populations. Grey squirrels don't actually kill their colorful brethren, but they do carry a disease that's deadly to red squirrels. Current estimates say that without action the native species could be extinct within 10 years.