Sports, leisure and the Arts Weeds

Giant Hogweed

Giant hogweed is a fast growing invasive plant and rare in Manchester.  How to identify:

  • it has white flower blooms;
  • thick purple-reddish stem with many stiff white hairs;
  • when fully grown it can reach 5m (15') tall.

What you should know

  • you should avoid contact with the plant as the sap can cause irritation to the skin;
  • you can't dispose of giant hogweed in your green bin (garden waste) or take it to the tip (household recycling centre) it must be disposed of as controlled waste. 

Was this page helpful?

Was this page helpful?