The invasive weed, giant hogweed, has been identified in various areas in New York, and state officials have plans to renew their efforts to combat this pest.
According to an article on Longisland.com, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is working to control this weed pest and asks growers and residents to report any new locations. According to the DEC, giant hogweed has been identified as an invasive species in the state since 1998.
If touched, giant hogweed can cause burns, permanent scarring, and even blindness. In addition to being a danger to humans, the weed is known to crowd native plant species and can contribute to soil erosion. It can be found near roadsides, streams, and in agricultural areas.
According to the article, flowering giant hogweed plants are typically 8 to 14 feet tall with large flat-topped clusters of small white flowers. The plant has a green stem with purple blotches and coarse white hairs.
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