Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Toxic Giant hogweed plant,causing blindness and third-degree burns discovered in Virginia

INVASIVE PLANT THAT BLINDS, CAUSES 3RD-DEGREE BURNS FOUND IN VIRGINIA A Horrifying Toxic Plant Causing Third-Degree Burns and Blindness May Start Popping Up Near Cleveland
Frank Williams | 22 June, 2018, 21:41

According to Flessner, if you think you spot Giant Hogweed in the wild, don't panic. He said the plant is easily mistaken for cow parsnips, but gardeners who aren't sure what they're looking at should back away and contact their local Virginia Tech agricultural extension agent or the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs. The plant can grow up to up to 14 feet, creating a lot of shade in the area and inhibiting the growth of native species.

Like we mentioned, sap from the hogweed contains toxic chemicals. Another lovely detail: Before death, a single hogweed plant can release up to 120,000 seeds capable of traveling long distances through water and wind before finding a new place to call home. If the sap comes in contact with eyes, the Furocoumarins can cause temporary and potentially permanent blindness. The stalks feature thorns and the plant produces large white flower blooms - it's an intimidating plant.

Jordan Metzgar, a curator at Virginia Tech's Massey Herbarium, helped identify Emma's giant hogweed. Researchers say they have found this type of 30 plants at 1 area. A toxic reaction can begin as soon as 15 minutes after contact. Compresses soaked in an aluminum acetate mixture - available at pharmacies - can provide relief for skin irritations.

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Giant hogweed has previously been found in Michigan, Illinois, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Washington. Seeds can grow for 10 years once they're dropped off. It is native to the Caucasus Mountain region between the Black and Caspian Seas and grows along streams and rivers, and in fields, forests, yards and along roadsides. The Berryville patch was planted by a previous owner, as the blooms, in a simpler time, were considered decorative. Giant hogweed is fast-growing and is known to invade roadsides, the edges of forests and empty lots, the AP said.

The unsafe Giant Hogweed recently identified in Virginia was "planted intentionally", according to the Virginia Tech researchers who helped identify the plant. If necessary, the DNR can even obtain a court order to eradicate it.

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