Gi­ant Hog­weed in Sher­brooke

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke

The City of Sher­brooke has awarded a con­tract to an out­side firm spe­cial­iz­ing in the eco­logic con­trol of un­de­sir­able plant species to erad­i­cate gi­ant hog­weed, an in­va­sive plant whose sap can cause sec­ond and third de­gree burns. For the last few weeks, close to a dozen sites where gi­ant hog­weed is grow­ing have been re­ported on the ter­ri­tory of Sher­brooke. The plant is usu­ally found on res­i­den­tial land and in some ditches in ru­ral ar­eas.

Any ci­ti­zens who dis­cover gi­ant hog­weed grow­ing are asked to call the city at 819 821-5858 to give its lo­ca­tion. A team from the city will go to the site to con­firm the pres­ence of gi­ant hog­weed be­fore alert­ing the firm of spe­cial­ists who will then re­move the plants. This process is quite com­plex and should be left to spe­cial­ists to avoid get­ting in­jured by the plant and to make sure the plant does not grow back.

The Gi­ant Hog­weed plant is orig­i­nally from Asia. With a height of be­tween 1.5 and 5 me­ters, its stem can grow to a di­am­e­ter of ten cen­time­ters. The plant has white flow­ers form­ing a bou­quet. To learn more about the plant visit the city’s web­site at sher­brooke. ca/eee.

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