• Giant Hogweed: Identify It and Steer Clear!

    HogweedThe sun is shining and the plants are growing again, but some are deadly – and for you that means safety should be a priority this spring. If you live in the Halton Region or its surrounding areas, be on the lookout for giant hog grass that is reportedly affecting the region.

    How do you know what is Hog Weed versus a regular weed? Conservation Halton has provided some key identification characteristics:

    • Over 2 metres tall when in flower
    • Dark purple mottling on stem at leaf junction and base of plant
    • Ring of stiff white hairs on stem at leaf junction

    Hog weed is dangerous. It can cause anything from blisters and burns, to temporary and even permanent blindness if it comes into contact with your eyes. You need to know what do if you come into contact with it:

    • First, wash the affected area immediately with soap and water.
    • Keep the affected area out of the sun for at least 48 hours.
    • Seek medical attention if the burns and/or blisters form.

    For more information on identifying Hog Weed, please watch the following video:

     


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