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Giant Hogweed is Britain’s ‘most dangerous plant’

Britain’s ‘most dangerous plant’ is spreading across the UK, with experts warning people to stay away.

Giant Hogweed can cause serious health problems and severe skin irritation because its toxins penetrate deep into cells.

The highly invasive plant is found in York, Sheffield, Barnsley, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Leeds, Keighley, Skipton, Scarborough, Bradford, Dewsbury and Yorkshire.

Experts from WhatShed have created maps to track where it’s growing and say it’s spreading in parts of the UK, reports live in yorkshire.

The weeds can grow up to 20 feet tall, while each giant hogweed plant can spread over a range of about two meters, making them highly invasive.

Giant hogweed belongs to the Apiaceae family, which also includes plants such as parsley, carrot, parsnip, cumin, and coriander.







The plant can cause severe skin irritation and blisters
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But unlike the household favorites, the weed can be noxious and grows continuously.

Originally known as Heracleum mantegazzianum, it was introduced to Britain from Eurasia in the 19th century and is similar in appearance to cow’s parsley but oversized.

Its sap is one of the most notable parts of the plant, with its thick green stem flecked with purple and white hairs.

With thick green leaves that can grow up to 1.50 m wide, giant hogweed lives up to its name.







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Experts are urging people to be aware of the plant’s hairy sap, where the danger lies and which contains organic toxic chemical compounds called furocoumarins.

It’s easy for people to get annoyed with the giant hogweed without realizing it, as the sap’s toxins make themselves felt in large ways, causing burns and scars.

In the short term, people may experience blisters and rashes, as well as painful sores.







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However, the long-term consequences are more dramatic as people face potential disfigurement or long-lasting purple spots on their skin.

Those worst affected could experience skin irritation even months or years after exposure to the plant.

Pet owners have also been urged to exercise caution, as the plant has caused similar side effects in dogs.

Giant Hogweed is unlikely to kill, but risks can be high in terms of side effects.







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Contact with the plant can cause long-term pain, with the sap being particularly dangerous and leading to permanent blindness in some.

Most people who come into contact with giant hogweed require hospitalization, which means it’s not to be taken lightly if a blister or rash develops after contact.

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