It looks a bit like Queen Anne's Lace, the lovely, lacelike flower that grows along roadsides all across America.
But Giant Hogweed can grow to 20 feet and those pretty flowers can measure two feet across.
Since being imported from Europe, the weed has made inroads in the East Coast, and it's a growing problem in Maine, as the Bangor Daily News reports.
"It’s really pretty, but it’s extremely dangerous. You have to almost be in a hazmat suit [to be around it] because the sap on it is so dangerous,” said Northport Town Administrator Barbara Ashey .
“If you come in contact with sap, wash it off immediately,” advised Gary Fish, state horticulturist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. “Stay out of the sun and wash out your eyes.”
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