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Giant Hogweed: 5 Things You May Not Have Heard Before

Giant Hogweed is a highly invasive and harmful plant that has been causing problems in Scotland for decades. Its towering size, ability to outcompete native plants, and the severe skin reactions it can cause, make it a serious threat to both the environment and human health. As we head into the summer months, it’s important to be aware of this plant and take appropriate measures to control its spread. 

In this week’s news, we’ll share five interesting and perhaps lesser-known facts about Giant Hogweed:

Is Giant Hogweed an invasive species?

Giant Hogweed is not native to Scotland or the UK. It was brought over from the Caucasus region of Central Asia as an ornamental plant in the 19th century, but it quickly spread and became an invasive problem in the UK.

Giant Hogweed Burns and Skin Reactions

The sap of the plant contains chemicals called furanocoumarins, which can cause a reaction known as phytophotodermatitis. This can lead to blisters, burns, and long-lasting scars, and can be triggered by sunlight.

How tall can Giant Hogweed grow?

Giant Hogweed is one of the tallest plants in the UK, and in extreme cases can grow up to 5 meters tall. Its stem can also be up to 10 cm in diameter.

Does Giant Hogweed harm the environment?

Giant Hogweed is known for out-competing native plant species and reducing biodiversity in areas where it grows. It can also cause erosion along riverbanks and streams.

Can Giant Hogweed be controlled?

Due to its size and the large number of seeds it produces (up to 50,000 per plant), controlling Giant Hogweed can be a difficult and time-consuming task. Herbicides and mechanical removal can be effective, but it requires expert knowledge and experience to do so safely.

How to get rid of Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed is a serious problem in Scotland, and controlling its spread is essential to protect both the environment and human health. If you suspect that you have Giant Hogweed on your property, or if you’d like to take action to prevent its spread, we’re here to help.

At JBB Knotweed Solutions, we specialise in the safe and effective control of invasive plants, including Giant Hogweed. We offer expert Giant Hogweed control, treatment, and removal services to customers throughout Scotland, from Edinburgh and Glasgow in the Central Belt, coast-to-coast, and through Stirling, Perthshire, and all the way up and across the Highlands and Islands. Our team can provide you with tailored advice and solutions that are both effective and environmentally responsible.

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