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Giant hogweed found in Webster

Jul 11, 2018

Giant hogweed can grow to 14 feet or more (this is a stock photo from the DEC)
Credit NYS DEC

Town of Webster officials say that giant hogweed has been found in that town.

They say that one plant was located on the North side of Schlegel Road, along the road side, and was removed. This location is in the vicinity of Kent Park, but no plants were found inside the park or ball fields. 

Officials advise residents to be aware of the DEC guidelines for identifying and reporting the plant. 

The giant hogweed is a federally listed noxious weed. Its sap, in combination with moisture and sunlight, can cause severe skin and eye irritation, painful blistering, permanent scarring and blindness. 

You can get more information at the DEC website.  And also from this brochure.