wish that I could write about the normal summer dangers - the ones that
are due to the sun. However due to this unusual cool rainy weather, it
seems unneeded right now.
This cool damp summer weather has
caused a dangerous plant, the giant hogweed, to grow really well all
over the lower mainland (from North/West Vancouver to Surrey/Langley)
of British Columbia this year. This plant came from Asia but now grows
here like other weeds. They are very pretty plants. They grow really
tall with white flowers. The purple-coloured stems are fat and hollow.
danger with the hogweed is that the sap (liquid from the stem) can burn
your skin and leave a scar. The hogweed’s sap and pollen (small seeds
from the flowers) can also cause you to go blind if it gets into your
eyes. Because they are growing so well this summer, it is important
that you know what they look like so that you and your family can stay
away from them. If any of the plant gets onto you or your family, wash
the area very well and stay out of the sun for 48 hours (2 days).
though the weather is not sunny yet, it is still important to go
outside and enjoy the summer. Try some of the things Tazim suggested in
last week’s weekly feature, but if you are outdoors remember to be
careful and have fun.
CBC news video about the Giant Hogweed