Giant Hogweed Removal
What is Giant Hogweed?
Giant Hogweed is an invasive plant that relies solely on seeds for reproduction and spread. It only takes a single plant germinating from as little as one seed to cause an invasion. This is especially worrying as each flower of a single umbel produces 30 to 50,000 seeds.
The impact of Giant Hogweed
Giant Hogweed is dangerous because its sap is harmful to humans through its ability to cause skin inflammations. The species is phototoxic, which means that if the skin comes into contact with the plant and then direct sunlight, it can cause a red rash, often followed by severe burns and blistering within 24 hours.
The resulting burns can last for several months and, even once they’ve gone, skin can remain sensitive to sunlight for years to come.