Watch out for giant hogweed, Guelph warns hikers
Plant with sap that can cause severe burns found along a trail this spring, city says
Guelph is warning people to watch out for giant hogweed after some was discovered on a trail earlier this spring.
The city issued the warning on Twitter over the weekend. Staff said the weed was removed and warned people not to touch it. Instead, they should take a photo of the plant and report its location to the city.
The tweet did not indicate where in the city the plant was discovered.
Spotted! Giant Hogweed was found and removed on a trail this spring in Guelph. If you spot Giant Hogweed, do not touch it. Take a photo of the plant and report the location to email@example.com. <a href="https://t.co/bFxTbfLEUo">pic.twitter.com/bFxTbfLEUo</a>—@cityofguelph
Giant hogweed is an invasive, noxious weed that the city has deemed a public health hazard. The clear, watery sap inside the plant can cause severe burns.
The plant looks similar to Queen Anne's lace or wild carrot but is considerably larger. It can grow as high as four meters.
It grows in open, undisturbed sites with lots of sunshine but can also be found in wooded areas as well as the partial shade along the edge of a woodlot.
The city recommends anyone exposed to giant hogweed wash the affected area immediately, keep the affected areas out of direct sunlight and seek medical attention immediately.