05 Jul '11, 6pm
WARNING: YOU COULD GO BLIND if you touch this plant that's spreading across NY. Nassau Co. at most risk locally:
Giant hogweed can grow to 15 feet or more 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. Contact between the skin and the sap of this plant occurs either through brushing against the bristles on the stem or breaking the stem or leaves. What to do if you come in contact with giant hogweed: This plant poses a serious health threat; see your physician if you think you have been burned by giant hogweed. If you think you have giant hogweed on your property, do NOT touch it. How do you identify giant hogweed? Giant hogweed is a biennial or perennial herb in the carrot family (Apiaceae) which can grow to 12 feet or more. Its hollow, ridged stems grow 2-4 inches in diameter and have dark reddish-purple bl...