Don’t get near this plant, confirmed for first time in Virginia

Photo: VT Massey Herbarium

A Virginia Tech plant expert has confirmed the first known sighting in the state of an invasive plant that can produce really bad burns and blisters. Giant hogweed is so named for its huge flower and leaf clusters. The problem comes if you disturb it by, say, putting a weed wacker to it. That releases a sap that once on your skin, reacts to sunlight and creates serious and painful burns that can last for weeks. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more:

06-19 Giant Hogweed Wrap-WLNI-WEB

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