Giant Hogweed in 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.