Dangerous "Giant Hogweed" in Bloom Across New York

08.01.14 | Sarah Harnisch

The plant is described as a massive version of Queen Anne's lace-- it can grow 15 feet tall, with white flowers the size of dinner plates. But its clear, watery sap causes second and third degree burns, permenant scarring, and blindness if touched. The plant has been spotted 89 times this month in upstate New York-- including 55 locations in Tompkins County, 23 in Broome County, more then a dozen in Steuben County and one in Chemung County. The DEC says if you spot a plant, call them-- don't try to remove it.