is a highly invasive plant which is dangerous to humans,, but there are ways to stay safe from it if you know what to look out for.
There is no legal obligation to remove or treat hogweed
as long as you are not encouraging or allowing the growth onto adjacent land.
Blisters caused by Giant Hogweed
tend to heal very slowly as they can damage DNA, and severe blistering may re-occur for many years.
looks like the innocuous cow parsley, with white flowers clustered in an umbrellashaped head that is up to 80cm in diameter.
Originally from Russia, Hogweed
was introduced by the Victorians as an ornamental plant.
can grow 20ft tall and contains a toxic sap, and has spread rapidly, especially on riverbanks, over the past few years.
A close relative of Cow Parsley, Giant Hogweed
(pictured) originates from Southern Russia and Georgia.
lv) in one flight over the area in Latvia containing known sample fields containing hogweed
and other characteristic types of vegetation (forests, meadows, cornfields etc.
Mark supplements the feast with jars of pickled marsh samphire and magnolia leaves, elderberry vinegar, hogweed
seed parkin cake, "quick, quick" sloe gin and elderflower champagne.
From top: Cow parsley or Queen Anne's Lace, Rosea and hogweed
People should not attempt to remove giant hogweed
with their bare handsaworkers require gloves, goggles, and other protective equipment to safely eliminate the plant with herbicides, the Washington Post reports.
The Dee, Clwyd and Conwy river catchments are under threat from Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and Giant Hogweed
- rapidly-spreading plants that smother native wildlife.