Touch this plant and receive 3rd degree burns
Nature has made everything in this world with some or other kind of defence mechanism. Not just animals, but plants also have some kind of defence against intruders. Some have size on their side or some have smell on their side. Some have even developed mechanisms to trap and eat small insects.
Nature also gives some kind of a warning sign to us that species plants and animals are harmful to us. Brightly colored animals are mostly harmful and so are some brightly colored plants which can cause harm to us on a serious level.
One such plant is the giant Hogweed, which has a very unique defence mechanism to save itself from potential harmful predators. This mechanism is also very harmful for us in a very painful way. Read on to find out how.
1 The plant looks beautiful
This potentially harmless looking plant was introduced to Britain in the 19th century. Hogweed is primarily native to Central Asia and Caucasus region. The plants were introduced in Britain as ornamental plants used for decoration.
Slowly the plant gained access to North America and Europe. It was introduced in New York in 1917 and is listed as noxious weed in many US states. Giant Hogweed is also classified as one of the most invasive species of plant in nature.