Giant Hogweed is a perennial plant and a member of the carrot family. It is a garden ornamental from southwest Asia that is naturalizing in North America and becoming more common in southern and central Ontario.
|What is it?||Giant Hogweed is an invasive plant.|
|Where did it come from?||Southwest Asia, brought here as a garden plant or an accidental escapee.|
|Where is it found?||Southern and Central Ontario, in forests, yards, along trails and roadsides.|
|What does it do?||The clear watery sap of Giant Hogweed contains toxins that can cause severe inflammation of the skin if you get the sap on your skin, and the skin is then exposed to sunlight.|
|What can you do?||Never touch Giant Hogweed, and always garden with non-invasive plants!|