Virginia Tech researchers hopeful positively identified Giant Hogweed will remain contained

Gwen Vasquez
June 22, 2018

Its large size can block sunlight, killing off smaller native plants that grow at ground level, according to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. If you must touch giant hogweed, wear disposable rubber gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and trousers.

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

The skin becomes irritated nearly immediately, with blisters typically forming within 48 hours of contact. The stalks feature thorns and the plant produces large white flower blooms - it's an intimidating plant. As if to prove the toxin's weak spot - darkness - she plucked a seed off the top of a plant, popped it into her mouth and chewed.

The Giant Hogweed that was identified in Clarke County last week was believed to have been planted intentionally decades ago, and hasn't spread since.

Awareness is key. Of course, if you think you've touched the plant and you're having a reaction, call your doctor.

Compressed soaked in an aluminum acetate mixture that is available at pharmacy provide relief form skin irritation.

In any case, if the toxic hogweed sap comes in contact with eyes then one should rinse the eye with cold water and put on sunglasses.

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Is it anywhere other than Virginia?

The unsafe plant also grows in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. It was first discovered in Wisconsin in 2004.

It's part of the carrot family. Officials worry the plant is spreading. Seeds can grow for 10 years once they're dropped off.

Giant hogweed, or Heracleum mantegazzianum, is a Southwest Asian plant that was brought to the United States for ill-advised ornamental purposes in 1917. The plant is a native of the Caucasus region of Eurasia, between the Black and Caspian seas. It can grow to as high as 20 feet.

Giant hogweed is on the Virginia Invasive Plants Early Detection Species list, which means it is not yet widely established in the state but is known to be highly invasive.

Even so, it might take several years to eradicate a stand of Hogweed by mowing.

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