Here is an example of some spring giant hog weed that’s growing in the ditches of a country road if you see it DO NOT TOUCH!
It contains a photo toxic sap that reacts with the uv rays of the sun and can cause phytophotodematitis.
After contact you will get an itchy rash in the area, then in just under 48 hours it will blister eventually leaving scars. The stem a green redish purple colour with hairs going up it. If the sap gets into your eyes it can cause blindness.
A young shoot note the hairy stem
This is a dead one I am 6ft 3 but they can grow up to 17ft tall and the white umbrella plant head can grow up to 31 inches wide.
Thanks for reading hopefully this will help you be vigilant for this plant for both yours and your pets sake.
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Here are some pictures of some Dog bane in winter note the redish brown colour.
You can really see the redish brown colour in this picture
Note how the alot of the branches grow at 90 degrees from each other
Note the drooping leaves in the top left of the picture
The centre of the shaft is hollow apart from a little bit of a pith on the out side. This one doesn’t look it because I had put it into the snow while I was looking for more and it’s filled with ice.