Giant Hogweed

Heracleum mantegazzianum

Description:
Giant Hogweed
Facts:

This species looks very similar to the native common Hogweed in all but size. As its name suggests it is a large plant reaching between 5 and 7 metres in height. The sap is highly toxic and merely brushing the naked skin against the plant is enough to cause harm. The sap reacts under sunlight and intense blistering of the skin results.

Introduced:

Mid 1800's
Origin:
Central Asia
Location:
Throughout the UK often near rivers
Status:
Common in some areas.
Problems:
Comments:
Health hazard from the plants sap