From Sunnybrook Hospital: Don’t Let Dangerous Plants Get Under Your Skin!

As the weather warms up, many of us look forward to venturing outdoors and into nature. But as you stop to smell the flowers, remember: not everything green and growing is necessarily good to get close to.

Some common plants — including such invasive species as wild parsnip and giant hogweed —  can cause rashes, blisters and other severe skin irritations.

wild parsnip plants
Wild parsnip

As always, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s why Toronto and Region Conservation works to educate the public about the dangers of tangling with unfriendly flora.

In this new video from Sunnybrook Hospital, TRCA’s Katie Turnbull shares some helpful advice avoiding painful encounters with the plant world.

Banner image: Giant hogweed