For Immediate Release: July 2, 2018
there have been reports of Giant Hogweed in Virginia, and specifically in
Alexandria. The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities’
Natural Resources Division is working with the Virginia Cooperative Extension
on reported sightings.
is no evidence that Giant Hogweed is widely spreading, according
to experts at Virginia Tech and Virginia Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services (VDACS). Current sightings of this plant show it has
been growing where it has been planted.
common plants are often mistaken for Giant Hogweed, including Cow Parsnip,
Angelica, and Queen Anne's Lace. What sets Giant Hogweed apart is its
size, with plants growing up to 10- feet tall, and leaves that are up to 2-feet
you suspect that you have seen a Giant Hogweed plant, do not touch or attempt
to remove the plant. Instead, take a photo of the plant, check online to
compare the plant to other photos, then contact the local Virginia Cooperative
Extension agent, Kirsten Ann Conrad, at 703.228.6400,
or file a report online by visiting http://www.vainvasivespecies.org/report-sightings.
To learn more about local response
to concerns surrounding this plant, visit https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2018/06/unirel-hogweedupdate.html.