INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana officials say a noxious plant that can cause
severe irritation if it comes into contact with skin or even blindness if it
comes into contact with eyes has been found in two northern Indiana
WISH-TV reports the state Department of Natural Resources is warning Indiana
residents to stay away from the “giant hogweed.” It has been found in St.
Joseph and Kosciusko counties.
DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology Director Philip Marshall says
the agency is trying to get rid of the plant. He says sap from the plant
contains toxins that cause photo-dermatitis, a skin reaction to ultraviolet
The invasive species is recognizable by its height and white flowers.