Giant hogweed has serious health risks
The Clackamas County Soil & Water Conservation District has issued a warning that giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is proliferating in Clackamas County due to seed spreading and the sharing of plant starts.
But Giant Hogweed is no asset to a garden as it causes severe burns and, in some cases, blindness.
Also, according to the Clackamas County Soil & Water Conservation District, the plant is prehistoric in appearance and can grow 10-15 feet high in months.
The plant is called a public health hazard on the Oregon Department of Agriculture website.
Local, state and federal weed control programs are attempting to eradicate giant hogweed infestations from the region.
Please report giant hogweed sightings to the Clackamas County Soil & Water Conservation District by calling 503-210-6000 or by sending an email to email@example.com or call the Oregon Invasive Species Hotline at 1-866-INVADER.Add a comment