Beware the giant hogweed !

Kate Tomlinson from the BSPP sent me a link today about the dangers of the giant hogweed.
Giant hogweed leads to blindness and skin burn

Photo : Wikipedia Commons

Exposure to the giant hogweed plant, or Heracleum mantegazzianum, can cause blindness and blistering of the skin.

I have an impressive example of just how big these plant monsters can grow. I’ll post an image here soon.
Anyway, while they are indeed fantastic looking, please don’t go handling one yourself as it has strong defences which can lead to blindness.