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how to spot giant hogweed

UK gardens are plagued by an assortment of unwanted plants. One of these is giant hogweed. It is dangerous to touch, so we’ve put together this guide to identifying it so you can have any trace of it on your property safely removed by professionals.


invasive plant japanese knotweed


In the UK, we have 1390 native plant species, and over 1100 non-native plant species. In total, only 36 of these species are classed as invasive plants. So, what is an invasive plant, and how do you classify an invasive plant?


giant hogweed

Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is one of the most common invasive species of weed in the UK. It is a tall plant with bristly, purple-blotched stems. It looks very similar to cow parsley, but it's important to not get the two confused!

So, why is giant hogweed dangerous? Let's find out...



Japanese knotweed is an extremely invasive species of plant that affects many gardens and outdoor spaces across the UK. If you live in one of the 4% of homes affected by Japanese knotweed, then you're probably wondering what you can do to tackle this stubborn weed. 

Many Japanese knotweed victims consider planting other species of fast-spreading plants in their outdoor space to outcompete Japanese knotweed for light and nutrients in the hope that it will suppress the Japanese knotweed's growth. Unfortunately, whilst this can temporarily reduce the Japanese knotweed's growth, this is not an effective long-term solution. 


Russian Vine Fallopia aubertii plant growing

Russian vine, also sometimes referred to as the ‘mile a minute plant’, is an species native to areas of Asia. After being introduced to the UK in the late 1800’s, it quickly made its way into the ‘wild’ and has since flourished as an invasive species.

As suggested by its Latin name, fallopia aubertii (baldschuanica), Russian vine is related to Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica). This close relation is where Russian vine gets its incredible growing speeds, and other similar physical similarities.


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