We have received a report of Giant Hogweed plants growing between Wain Road and the Information Center on the Patbay Highway. Also at UVIC
just off Henderson Road across from the Rec Centre, down the trail where the pump station is.
This plant is dangerous and should not be removed with out proper protective gear.
The sap of Giant Hogweed causes phytophotodermatitis in humans, resulting in blisters, long-lasting scars, and—if it comes in contact with eyes—blindness. These serious reactions are due to the furocoumarin derivatives in the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds of the plant. The worst part is that it could be growing in your backyard or park. You likely won’t feel anything on contact with the weed, but shortly after (can be days after) your skin will burn when it is exposed to sunlight or to ultraviolet rays. Initially, the skin colours red and starts itching. Then blisters form as it burns within 48 hours.