What Is It About Hogweed — And Lemons and Limes — That Can Cause Burns?
Published:29 Jun.2018    Source:Science News

Another warning to add to the summertime list: check for ticks, go inside during lightning … and hands off the giant hogweed. Getting the plant’s sap on the skin, along with exposure to sun, can lead to severe burns.

 

All good advice, but the invasive plant, which looks like Queen Anne’s lace on steroids, and was recently spotted in Virginia, isn’t the only vegetation that contains the burn-causing chemical compounds. Furocoumarins can be found in the fruit and vegetable bins of most refrigerators. Limes, lemons, parsnip, fennel, dill and members of the mulberry family are some of the plants that have furocoumarins.