If You See This Plant, Whatever You Do Do NOT Touch It!

We need to educate ourselves and our children for everything that surrounds us including this plant. The plant is called “ giant hogweed”. It is distinctive by its pretty white flowers that can make you want to smell them and touch them. But DON’T make that mistake. Whatever you do don’t touch it!

You need to let your children know about the plants, and which ones they should never touch. In school our children are not thought about which plants are poisonous and which ones they shouldn’t touch. So this job comes to us as parents.

Educate yourself and educate your children. Read here what the hogweed actually is and what it can do to the body.

This plant is a part of the Carrot family and can grow up to 14 ft tall. You can just brush yourself to the plant and develop grotesque blisters!

Here you can read about the characteristics of this plant.

You can get sever blistering, possible blindness and a third degree burns. The chemicals from this plant make all of these horrible effects on the body. The chemicals from this plant when in contact with human skin can increase the skin`s sensitivity to light.

The blisters from this plant are painful and can stay up to 48 hours or sometimes even more to few months. The worst scenario is that it can cause long term sensitivity to light if the sap gets in contact with the eye.

There is something you can do if you or your child comes in contact

Make sure you avoid it in the first place. But if somehow you come in contact with it you need to wash it off with cold water. You need to do this quickly within of 15 minutes of touching it and get away from the sun immediately.

You need to apply sunscreen on the affected area.

If it somehow comes in contact with the eyes, wash your face with a lot of water. Wear sunglasses afterwards.

Some states in America made this plant as a public warning for the people. It was reported in the Blaze that the New York State`s Department of Environmental Conservation and the states of Massachusetts issued a detailed public warning about the serious problems this specific plant can cause. Many more states followed these states and warned the people like the state of Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Read here about how to get rid of the poisonous plant

If you notice that this plant is around your area you need to report it to the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) hotline 1-800-424-8802 or the individual state agency.

Don’t try to remove this plant by yourself because you can spread its seeds and contaminate more fields.