Asked July 23, 2019, 11:14 PM EDT

Is the attached pictures of hogweed? It is about 5 feet tall. If it is do you have recommendations for how to get rid of it?

Washington County Vermont

3 Responses

We think you have either Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) or Wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa).

To help you identify your plant, here are two sites:

Please be very careful when you go near this plant because Giant Hogweed can cause serious burns to your skin.

Virginia, UVM Master Gardener Helpline Volunteer

I am quite sure it is not wild parsnip. We had that on the farm growing up in the '50's and it is too tall, over 5 feet, and no blossoms yet. Assuming it is giant hogweed does Vermont have reporting requirements like those you posted in the New York article you provided?

Hello: Here is a link to the VT Invasives website - https://www.vtinvasives.org/invasive/giant-hogweed I would contact them and let them know what you are dealing with. Thank you.