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Most of giant hogweed in Vernon River removed

Published on Wednesday August 18, 2021
Authored by PEIISC

A major outbreak of giant hogweed in Vernon River has been mostly removed after several weeks of work by the Pisquid River Enhancement Project, the Hillsborough River Association and the PEI Invasive Species Council.

Giant hogweed is an invasive species that produces phototoxic sap, which can cause significant skin burns and scarring when exposed to sunlight. The plant lives for several years and in its last year, it produces a large head that can contain tens of thousands of seeds.