Giant hogweed is a fast growing invasive plant and rare in Manchester. How to identify:
- it has white flower blooms;
- thick purple-reddish stem with many stiff white hairs;
- when fully grown it can reach 5m (15') tall.
What you should know
- you should avoid contact with the plant as the sap can cause irritation to the skin;
- you can't dispose of giant hogweed in your green bin (garden waste) or take it to the tip (household recycling centre) it must be disposed of as controlled waste.