The Giant Hogweed is an invasive plant whose sap causes third-degree burns and blindness. It can reach heights of 14 feet and is found throughout North America. This year, officials are particularly alarmed by an increase of sightings of this massive flesh-eater in New York State. Here is a handy chart to help you identify the Giant Hogweed, aka Real Life Triffids. What do you get when you're burned by Hogweed? That's right. Hogwarts. Woo-hoo! Snuck in some Harry Potter SEO! Checkmate, Google...checkmate.
The burns from the sap of a Giant Hogweed appear as painful blisters within 48 hours of contact. Scars can last up to 6 years, although typically don't last more than a month. The sap can cause blindness if it makes contact with the eyes.