Warning: Toxic plant can cause 3rd-degree-burns and blindness

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    Giant hogweed is native to the Caucasus region and Central Asia. It was introduced to Britain as an ornamental plant in the 19th century, and it has also spread to many other parts of Europe, the United States, and Canada.

    The sap of giant hogweed causes phytophotodermatitis in humans, resulting in blisters and scars. These serious reactions are due to the furocoumarin derivatives in the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds of the plant

    Don’t use a weed whacker as it can splash the toxic sap onto your skin.

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    But it's a plant. Plants are harmless. Flowers don't hurt people.
     
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    Wild Parsnip contains the same burning chemical as Giant Hogweed, and it's much more widely distributed in the USA. I've become an expert in spotting it and eradicating it in local parks and wild areas. Everyone should learn to ID it. It's common in roadside ditches and power line right-of-ways, as lawnmowers will spread the seeds from place to place.

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    If you want to see the gross images of someone with blisters the size of golf balls, go to this link.

    Vermont woman reveals horrific wild parsnip burns in warning about dangerous plant
     
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