Officials say small colonies of Giant Hogweed have recently been spotted in Indiana, and Hoosiers are warned to stay far away from it. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the plant has been found in St. Joseph and Kosciusko Counties and can cause severe skin irritation and temporary or permanent blindness from contact with it.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says Giant Hogweed is a public health hazard listed as a federal noxious weed, and ranks higher than poison ivy, with regards to its potential to harm you. Biologists say it's a tall plant, capable of reaching heights of six feet or more, with very large leaves, up to five feet across, and large clusters of white flowers.
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