A killer plant that can cause third-degree burns just by touching it sounds like the plot of a terrible science fiction movie. Unfortunately, for several people in the U.K., this nightmare actually became their reality.
The giant hogweed is indigenous to the Caucasus Region and Central Asia.
While they don’t look very menacing, what happens when you touch one is straight out of a horror movie.
Giant hogweed sap contains phototoxic chemicals that make skin hyper sensitive to ultraviolet light.
Once the affected skin is exposed to sunlight, it begins to blister and burn. After the initial painful inflammation, it can leave permanent scars. If, by chance, the hogweed’s sap finds its way into the eyes, it can cause permanent blindness.