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Giant Hogweed is an increasingly common problem in parks, woods and on riverbanks and canal sides around the country.
Anyone who comes in contact with the weed is advised to cover up the affected area, to prevent the sap reacting with sunlight, and to wash it with soap and water Giant hogweed, an invasive species that resembles native cow parsley or hogweed, has large leaves, spotted leaf stalks and a hollow, reddish-purple stem with fine spines that make it appear furry, much like a stinging nettle.
Since 1985, more than 500 Giant Hogweed sites have been confirmed in Pennsylvania, with more than half located in Erie County.
The stuff of science fiction and a mean herb from hell, the giant hogweed has become a very real and giant headache to regions attempting to conserve native plants and wildlife as the herbal equivalent of Goliath spreads from the Caucasus across Europe.
Hilburn also flagged gypsy moth and giant hogweed as threats to the county.
THE huge white flowers and enormous fingered leaves on tall speckled stems make the giant hogweed a very dramatic plant.
Giant Hogweed agonising burns to her arms and legs when she came into contact with the plant, growing in a riverside field.
Japanese Knotweed's root system can cause structural damage to houses while Giant Hogweed can cause horrific burns.
Councils are failing to implement new Anti Social Behaviour Laws which came into effect in 2014 which were specifically designed to control the spread of giant hogweed.
Giant hogweed, which has, Triffid-like, invaded our shores and which will, in exchange for the lightest of touches, gift the giver a first-degree burn.
According to the Home Office briefing document: "Japanese knotweed, for example, can grow through tarmac and can cause structural damage to property, whilst giant hogweed can cause harm to human health.
Two other reportable specimens on the list which may interest your readers are Japanese Knotweed, which has large heart-shaped leaves, and Giant Hogweed, which can grow to twice the height of a man.