Giant Hogweed
Fact File
Taken at Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow on 26th June 2008 with Nikon D40X with Nikon 300 mm zoom lens.
 

 
Giant Hogweed.
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AKA:
Heracleum mantegazzianum.
Carrot .
Biennial.

cartwheel-flower,giant cow parsnip,hogsbane, giant cow parsley
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Grassy banks, woods, roadsides.
April-September.
Up to 5 mts.
The scientific name derives from the Greek hero Heracles (Roman: Hercules)
Native of the Caucusus, it is naturalised in Western Europe.
It contains a volatile substance which sensitises the skin and may cause blistering especially during warm weather.

The sap of giant hogweed causes phytophotodermatitis in humans, resulting in blisters, long-lasting scars, and, if it comes in contact with eyes, blindness.