If You See This Plant, Whatever You Do, Do NOT Touch It!
They should teach this in school but unfortunately just like most important life skills it is up to us to educate our children and each other so make sure you SHARE this! The plant giant hog weed has pretty white flowers that can be quite alluring, whatever you do mistake and touching it!
Kids are in danger due to curiosity.
In North America (not including fungi) there are only about 10 plants that kids need to know to steer clear of. Kids are too busy preparing for and taking tests, something nations excelling at education such as Finland don’t do (source), rather than learning practical knowledge such as how to identify poison oak or hog weed!
So spread the word and teach your kids. Here’s what you should know:
The giant hog weed is part of the Carrot family that grow up to 14 ft tall loaded with deadly toxic sap!
If you touch any of the sap or accidentally break a stem you will begin to develop grotesque blisters! This is easy to accidentally do due to the height of the stalk . You should watch out of this characteristics green stems with purple patches that are a bit hairy with white hairs.
According to Ask a Prepper:
You can expect severe blistering , if you come into contact with the plant’s sap . If it comes into contact with your eyes and possible third degree burns. These effects come from the type of chemicals that it contains. When these chemicals come in contact with human skin they dramatically increase the skin’s sensitivity to light.
This can cause blisters that are actually very painful and form within around 48 hours and can last from anywhere between a few months to six years. if the sap gets in the eye , it can cause LONG TERM sensitivity to light .
Measures to Take if You or Your Child Comes in Contact With It
Obviously you want to avoid it in the first place but what if you happen to come in contact with giant hog weed?
With cold water wash the affected area because the toxic reaction may begin within only 15 minutes and make sure you get out of the sun!
On the effected area ASAP apply a safe sunscreen . It’s always good to have some of this excellent DIY recipe on hand just in case.
Immediately flush with water extensively , in the unfortunate event that the sap comes in contact with your eyes.Then be sure to wear sunglasses for protection!