INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials said a noxious plant that can cause severe irritation if it comes into contact with skin or even blindness if it comes into contact with eyes has been found in two northern Indiana counties.

WISH-TV reported that the state Department of Natural Resources is warning Indiana residents to stay away from the “giant hogweed.” It has been found St. Joseph and Kosciusko counties.

DNR Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology Director Philip Marshall said the agency is trying to get rid of the plant. He said sap from the plant contains toxins that cause photodermatitis, a skin reaction to ultraviolet rays.

The invasive species is recognizable by its height and white flowers.


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