Department of Natural Resources
*Established in Michigan*
PROHIBITED IN MICHIGAN
Visit the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's Giant Hogweed Overview webpage for more information.
Laura Assinck Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program
Terry English USDA APHIS PPQ Bugwood.org
Leslie J Mehrhoff University of Connecticut Bugwood.org - giant hogweed stem
Habitat: Prefers open, slightly moist areas but can be found in a variety of habitats.
Native Range: Asia
Local Concern: Giant hogweed has the potential to harm humans. Its sap can cause a severe skin reaction known as photo-dermatitis or photo-sensitivity and damage to the eyes. The skin becomes sensitive to sunlight and may blister when exposed. If you think you may have come in contact with giant hogweed sap, wash the exposed area immediately, keep the exposed area out of the sunlight and seek medical care.
Look-alikes: Many other plants, including cow parsnip, wild parsnip, angelica and Queen Anne’s lace are often misidentified as giant hogweed. Take the time to review similar plants before reporting this species.