Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Poisonous Plant That Causes Blisters And Scars Spreading Across The South

Poisonous Plant That Causes Blisters And Scars Spreading Across The South

Recent sightings in OH include a giant hogweed plant in Pepper Pike, according to the Cleveland Metroparks. It can also cause a reaction that leads to painful, dark-colored blisters that come with scars.

"If you think you have giant hogweed on your property, do NOT touch it".

Giant hogweed is one of three plants defined in Virginia as a Tier 1 noxious weed, and it is heavily regulated.

The sap of a giant hogweed plant causes a skin reaction called phyto-photodermatitis, according to OSU Extension.

The plant has many look-alikes, but is large - about 7-to-14 feet tall. Trying to cut the plant with a mower or a weed-whacker can be extremely unsafe, as it could cause the sap to spray onto the operator. "The flower heads can be nearly three feet across", said Jordan Metzgar, curator of the Massey Herbarium at Virginia Tech. Another lovely detail: Before death, a single hogweed plant can release up to 120,000 seeds capable of traveling long distances through water and wind before finding a new place to call home. Giant Hogweed is much larger growing to up to 16-feet. According to the Isle of Wight County Facebook page, there have also been reported sightings in the Staunton area and Middlesex County. Compresses soaked in an aluminum acetate mixture - available at pharmacies - can provide relief for skin irritations.

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It's important to know how to recognize giant hogweed if you are in a state where it might grow, and what to do if you find it. These can grow for 10 years once they're dropped off, according to published reports.

"Do not mow, cut or weed whack the plant, as it will just send up new growth and put you at risk for being exposed to sap - the same kind of thing that would happen with poison ivy or sumac". Instead, seek advice from professional plant control specialists.

Giant hogweed is native to Southwest Asia, he said, and was first seen in the United States in 1917, when it was brought in for ornamental reasons.

Environmental officials say if you want to remove the plant, do not use a weed-whacker, because the plant's sap can splatter and then spread quickly.

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