Weeds are the bane of most gardeners’ existence. Each summer, hours and hours are spent pulling the unwelcome guests from lawns and gardens, an annoyance to be sure. People who are living in Virginia, please be advised that if you encounter Giant Hogweed—an invasive species that originates from Asia—exercise extreme caution. The plant can grow as high as 14 feet, and its sap makes skin sensitive to sunlight causing severe burns. If the Hogweed sap gets into your eyes, it can result in blindness
A weed-whacker shouldn’t be used to remove the weed, according to officials. Wear protective clothing to pull up the plant or rely on herbicides.
If you are living with vision loss, please reach out to SDCB to learn more about how we can help you regain your independence.
"Giant Hogweed, a plant that can cause burns and blindness, found in Virginia"