The leaves of the giant hogweed are distinctly serrated. The invasive species can grow up to six metres in height.

Hogweed or cow parsnip? There are big differences

The News misidentified a potentially dangerous plant, giant hogweed, in a photo published in our June 18 edition

The News published a story in our June 18 edition on an invasive and potentially dangerous plant known as giant hogweed, in which we misidentified giant hogweed in a photo.

The toxic sap inside giant hogweed’s leaves and stems can cause painful, reoccurring rashes.

Cow parship, a similar-looking native plant, also causes rashes but does not grow as tall as the six-metre giant hogweed.

For a full description and more photos, visit coastalisc.com.

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