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3 outbreaks of noxious giant hogweed on P.E.I.

Published on Thursday August 5, 2021
Authored by PEIISC

Three outbreaks of a noxious, invasive plant called giant hogweed are growing in areas across Prince Edward Island.

The P.E.I. Invasive Species Council is working to cut down the giant hogweed and warn Islanders about the risks of coming in contact with the plant. 

Simon Wilmot, co-ordinator of the council, said the number one rule with giant hogweed is to stay away from it. The sap from the plant contains phototoxic chemicals, which means if it gets on bare skin it can react to sunlight and cause blisters or burns.